Whenever people ask me what the highlight of my trip to Japan was I (without hesitation) say: the drugstores and convenience stores. I’ll save my ode to 7-Elevens for another post because this one is going to be about the Japanese drugstore beauty purchases. I didn’t go overboard because there unfortunately is a shelf life for beauty products so it’s just a mini haul. I waited to try most of the products before writing this post so I can also share mini reviews. Some were impossible to find online but I linked as many as I could!
Senka Perfect Whip Face Wash (buy here on Amazon Prime!) – I saw this face wash everywhere I turned and it was just so affordable that I had to grab one for myself. Someone correct me if I’m wrong but I think this is a Shiseido brand which is interesting. They sell Shiseido products in all drugstores in Japan and the sub-brands are everywhere! I like this fresh smelling cleanser because it’s gentle but does leave your face feeling very clean. Squeeze a tiny drop into your hand, add a bit of water, and it foams up nicely. Unless you use too much, this does not dry out your skin.
Shiseido eyelash curler (buy here) – I got this for around $6 USD!! I’m kicking myself for not buying more because I knew that it was a steal. The best part is that it wasn’t marked on sale, it’s just normally that much cheaper in Japan. Sorry to burst your bubble. Anyway for years I had heard about how good the Shiseido curler is, especially for Asian eyes, and now I know why! This fits my eye shape perfectly and in just 1-2 squeezes I feel like I get an amazing curl. My previous curler was a cheap Revlon one and it took so many squeezes to get the curl I wanted so I felt it was really damaging.
Biore pore strips (US version) – Truthfully pore strips aren’t something I use regularly because I think they’re too harsh but I’d be lying if I said they aren’t satisfying to use. I reserve these for times like after a trip when your skin might be more congested and if I don’t have time to get a real facial. Although you can get Biore strips in the US I haven’t seen the charcoal ones for so cheap! In Japan you can get a pack of 10 for under $3-4 USD.
Babyish Face Masks (buy here on Prime) – This mask packaging is resealable so you can use the masks at your leisure without worrying about the remaining sheets drying up. I bought these because I thought the packaging was hilarious with an infant, not because I had any idea what the words meant. After some research now it appears this is just supposed to help your skin retain moisture and be as soft as a baby’s face! I’ve used the sheets a few times and they really do make your skin feel unbelievably soft. My only complaint is the sheets are on the small side.
LuLuLun Face Masks (buy here on Prime) – These are really affordable both in Japan and here in the US! I like that you can get these larger packs of face masks instead of individually wrapped sheet masks – it’s less packaging and often more affordable. I haven’t opened these yet but the reviews online are glowing!
Nivea peach lip balm (buy here) – There’s not much to say about this one except that I was on a huge peach kick in Japan and had to get this! I like the formula but it’s nothing out of this world. Really, it’s just the unique flavor that made me get one.
Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 Sunscreen (buy here) – This sunscreen is also a super popular item in Japan right now. In fact, I think a lot of people here have caught on because two of my friends who are Seattle based bloggers also love it too! First of all, if you aren’t wearing SPF every single day then you should start NOW. Second, this sunscreen is the perfect one if you hate sunscreen. It is extremely light as the name suggests and you don’t even feel like you’re wearing anything. It has a really fresh scent and honestly makes my skin feel smoother. I’m convinced it helps your makeup go on smooth! My mom and I bought a bunch of these and the body version!
Naturie Skin Conditioner (buy here on Prime) – This is a really popular toning water that’s super affordable for how large of a bottle it is. I had to also do some Google research to find out what makes this so special. Job’s tears is the grain that is used in this and it helps balance the skin. I use this on a cotton pad after cleansing and it helps balance out my combination skin.
Hope you enjoyed the mini haul! Have you tried any of these products? I would love to hear what other Japanese products you have used so I can add them to my list for next time :)