I am finally getting around to doing my Japan haul! I was in Japan for two weeks, and I was planning on buying a few Japanese makeup products while I was there, but to be honest Japanese stores can be a little hectic and confusing so I mainly just stuck to high end brands that were in department stores. Makeup in Japan isn't as cheap as the US, but it is definitely a lot cheaper than in Australia.
I also did a haul video, which I will instert at the end of this post.
The first things I picked up were from Shu Uemura, which is the only Japanese brand I bought. I bought the Skin Purifer Cleansing Oil in the 450ml bottle. I am coming to the end of the current Shu Uemura Fresh (pink bottle) Cleansing Oil that I am using at the moment, and I was really happy to buy this in Japan because it cost around $75, which is $30 cheaper than in Australia, and if I had to pay $105 to replace my current bottle then I probably would have put it off for quite some time. I decided to try the Purifier version instead of getting the Fresh one, because I initially bought the Fresh version (which is for oily blemish prone skin) because I was worried that my oily combination skin won't respond well to a heavier cleansing oil... now that I know that my skin is fine with it, I decided to go for the original Purifier version. A large bottle of this oil will last me around a year.
I also decided to pick up a Shu Uemura eyelash curler, as these are raved about by people like Lisa Eldridge. These cost $40 in Australia but this cost around $12-$13 in Japan. I haven't used this yet, but I will probably review it some time soon. The people at the Shu Uemura counter also threw in a little sample pack of four cleansing oils. It's actually quite fun sampling each different oil.
I picked up two Revlon mini nail polishes while the boyfriend was buying mouthwash at a pharmacy. These cost $7 each and I got the shades 430 Whimsical and 77 Heavenly. Both these shades are not available in Australia so I was excited to try them. I am currently wearing Whimsical and to be perfectly honest, I find that it is too sheer. I am wearing 4 layers of it and it's not super impressive. I will have to do reviews of these polishes soon.
|MUFE Aqua Brow, BB Lilac Sparkle Eye Shadow, NARS Luster, Albatross and Mekong|
While I was in Tokyo I saw a Make Up For Ever stand in a department store. I have never ever seen MUFE in any store so I was pretty happy swatching and trying each product. I ultimately only bought one thing, mainly because I didn't want to blow my budget in the first week of my holiday, but I ended up getting the Aqua Brow in the shade 25. This is a product that has been on my shopping list for ages because I love brow products and this is quite a unique product... and its also waterproof! I will definitely review this when I have worn it more. This cost $30.
Whenever I was in a department store and I saw a Bobbi Brown counter, I had to swatch the Lilac Sparkle Eye Shadow from the Spring Lilac Rose collection. This is not an eyeshadow that I would normally buy, but it was so pretty and I kept thinking about it after I left the store, so I ended up going back and getting it. It cost $32, but costs $44 in Australia.
Lastly I went to NARS with the intention of buying a blush. I had a short list of a few blushes but decided in store to get the Blush in Luster, mainly because I don't have any peachy blush shades in my collection. I also decided to get the Highlighting Blush in Albatross because I was looking up NARS reviews and a lot of people were saying that if you were to get one cheek product by NARS, it should be Albatross. Each of these cost $30, instead of $45 which is what they cost in Australia.
I wasn't planning on getting an eyeshadow, but while I was swatching the blushes, I was fell in love with the eye shadow in Mekong! It is so pigmented and beautiful and you can always use a warm shimmery brown in your collection! Eyeshadows normally cost $39 in Australia, but this cost $25 in Japan.
Here is my haul video!
So that's all the makeup I bought, I really wish I bought more NARS products since each product is only $1 more than what they charge in the US! Ah well, I will save up more money for next time I visit Japan!