Hello from London!
After ten wonderfully blissful days in Japan I am back in the homeland and
ready to share my haul!
I had one entire
suitcase dedicated to souvenirs and, as you can probably guess, a large
proportion of this was cosmetic goods.
I’ve split the haul
into Japanese and Korean Goods, Sheetmasks will be getting their own blog post
as I want to try a few of them first! So read on to find out more about what I
bought and why I bought it!
First I’d like to
direct you to my “How to Haul Responsibly Post”. I saved up for this haul for a few months, it’s not something I’d do regularly,
but you have to seize the opportunities as they fly by you! And with shipping
costs to Europe being as high as they are, buying in Asia worked out cheaper
and a lot more fun! Nothing beats being able to actually fondle the products in
I’ll also be posting a
quick guide on where to buy all these great products, and more, while in Japan.
If you follow, or like my facebook page, you’ll get the quickest notification
on when I’ve posted that J
Of course my haul
starts with one of the best known Japanese brands!
Lotion - I
got both the premium and original version of the Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic
Acid Lotion. I like to use this as my hydrating toner step. It feels gentle and
my skin loves this, thirstly slurpling it up.
Yet to try the premium version, but it contains 5 different molecular weights
of HA. Fiddy also posted a great review on it here: Fiddy's Review
Foam Cleanser – This
is a back up to the foam cleanser that’s already sitting on my shelf! It’s a
low pH foam cleanser which is gentle and effective.
·DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
·DHC Lip Cream Lip Balm
Cleansing Oil – My
go to oil cleanser. It’s olive oil based and does a wondrous job of getting my
make up off in the evening. I already have back ups of this in the bathroom
closet, but wanted to get the limited edition Alice in Wonderland bottle.
Lip Cream – One
of the few lip balms I’ve actually used all the way through without losing!
Moisturising with no discernible taste, the two qualities that I desire in any
good lipbalm. Plus the packaging is gorgeous. The normal packaging is a sweet baby
pink, and this Disney packaging is no longer in print. But my lovely Aunt found
these for me on Yahoo Auctions.
·Kose Softymo Speeding Cleansing Oil
Cleansing Oil – Although
I love the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil I’ve also heard great things about this brand
as well. I do like trying out new products, and this is slightly cheaper than
DHC, so if it works out my wallet will also be happier!
·Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Suncream
Suncream – Biore
do some really great suncreams and they are the brand I’d recommend people look
into. I wish these came in bigger bottles though! This particular line of theirs
is great to use with make up and dries quickly, which is why I chose to get
three bottles of these with no hesitation!
·Shiseido Senka Perfect Whip Foam Cleanser
Foam Cleanser – I
wrote up a full review of this just earlier last month! (Read Here) Bought this as a back up as Summer is coming and legs will be on display. Thank’s
to my European genes I will be needing this a lot.
·Melano CC Vitamin C Spot Treatment
Spot Treatment – This
is one of my favourite discoveries of this year. I’ve found that this has
worked really well at reducing the redness of my PIH hyperpigmentation and has
a pleasant citrusy smell. Due to the way the Japanese language works you may
also see this online as Merano CC.
·Creer Beaute La Rose De Versailles Eyeliner – Brown and
·Canmake Glow Fleur Cheeks Blusher
·Canmake Eyeshadow Palette
Eyeliner – La
Rose de Versailles is one of my favourite eyeliners as they hold all day at
work on my oily lids! Plus I love the understated look of the eyeliner itself (opposite
to the gaudy packaging) and the brush tip.
Blusher – Haven’t
tried anything from this Japanese beauty line before, but they have great
reviews online! This is a sheer blusher with a pink pigmentation, perfect for
my preferred spring looks!
Eyeshadow – I
also took the opportunity to get a basic colour palette. I like the sheerness
and sparkles that a lot of Asian eyeshadow palettes have so am looking forward
to see how this works out.
·Oshima Tsubaki Hair Care Oil
·Oshima Tsubaki Hair Spray
Oil – This
is 100% Camellia Oil, which is great for the hair and one of the most highly
recommended hair care products!
Hair Spray – I
got this in spray from because some days I just don’t have time in the morning
to pamper myself. Can’t wait to see how it works.
I dedicated one
afternoon of my trip to go to Korean Town in Shin-Okubo and I am so glad I did!
I had a great time and of course managed to pick up a few products while I was
·TonyMoly Egg Pore Goose Skin Spray
·Re:cipe Green Tea Oil Cleanser
·Peripera Frozen Edition Tap Tap 3 Eyes – Eye Shadow
·Etude House Princess Etionette Heart Blusher
·Iope Air Cushion XP
Goose Skin Spray – I got this because recently I’ve realised I don’t
pamper my body enough! This is an exfoliating sea salt spray. I love the design
of the bottle as well! Going to try spraying this on before my shower for the
next few weeks to see how it works
Oil Cleanser – Now
I have a lot of oil cleansers, DHC, Banila, Kose, but this was at half the
usual price you can find online and I couldn’t resist. Re:cipe has had great
reviews online, and green tea is meant to help with reducing acne and redness.
These are two of my top concerns, so I’ll be interested to see if this oil
cleanser actually helps. With this and the other oil cleansers I’ve bought I’m
also set for the rest of the year in terms of cleansing!
Eye Shadow – Not
going to lie, it was Elsa which drew me in to this eyeshadow to start
I also loved the colours and can’t wait for my next night out to bring out my
inner Ice Queen!
Blusher – Etude
House is famous for their princess look, and this is no exception. I love the
sheer frosty look of their blushers and this is my first orange tone blusher.
Air Cushion – Heard
great things about Iope but wasn’t willing to invest without trying it out in
real life. Now that I have I can attest the hype is real. Stunning coverage and
easy application. Hoping it’s longwear too!
And that’s all the
skincare and beauty products I bought while in Japan! Well there’s a ton of
sheetmasks, mostly new discoveries, to share as well but that’s for another
What are your favourite
Japanese brands to use? Any great ones I should add to my wishlist for the next