Yep, yet another trip to Japan. As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t mind making them almost annual!
After this trip, I now have to retract on my previous statement about Don Qujiote being the cheapest. This time, it was simply not true. Just by shopping around in various pharmacies, I was able to find much cheaper pricing. I guess, this can be attributed to timing. I remember when I was there last, the basic HadaLabo Gokujyun toner was on sale at Donki for around 200 yen cheaper than anywhere else. Now that I think about, it could be that I got clearance stock, as HadaLabo soon reformulated and repackaged afterwards. This time, all standard HadaLabo toners were 880 yen everywhere.
However, due to new year sales, which I wasn’t able to fully take advantage, some pharmacies had like 10% to 40% off some brands!
Anyway, this is what I grabbed this time!
As you can see, I was a bit more Daiso crazy than previous excursions. The most expensive product I bought were some apparently slimming leg sleeping socks at under 1,500 yen (approximately AUD15).
Listing clockwise from top-left.
- Kai 119 nailclipper (425 yen) Back in the family house, we used to have this nailclipper that lasted its sharpness for around twenty years. Amazing! I remembered the brand engraved “kaicut” on it. I think kaicut is now just Kai. I’m hoping for another twenty year nailclipper again…
- Kate Mat Black Gel Eyeliner with brush (1,029 yen) I don’t use eyeliner at all. I bought only because of various internet raves and that this pack appears to comes with the brush, when I had read that Kate stopped doing this.
- Hada Labo Skin Conditioner toner with bonus(?) cotton pads (1380 yen) Was looking to try out a more medicated type of toner.
- Daiso Water Jelly Pack (105 yen) Apparently a cheap dupe for Cure. I’ll have to try and see! I use Cure at the moment and it’s much better than a manual scrub. It does a good job in getting rid of most (not all) of my constantly dehydrated flakies. However, Cure retails for 2,625 yen, which is what I consider expensive.
- Johnson’s Body Care Extra Care Dry Skin Body Lotion with ribbon bow barrette (299 yen) You think I totally bought it because there was a freebie, right? That was only part of the reason, hehe 😛 I was running out of body moisturiser and the dry air in the hotels was killing my skin. I had first bought a cheapy Daiso body lotion, but I suspect the strong fragrance in that made my whole body itch.
- Daiso sponge and puff cleaner (105 yen) Apparently amazing online reviews on its thorough cleansing power. For 105 yen, it’s hard to go wrong!
- HadaLabo Whitening Shirojyun toner – Shittori Type (880 yen)
- Mentholatum UV Skin Aqua SPF50+PA+++ (498 yen) This is usually around 700 yen, but for some weird reason, in a quiet Mini Stop in Tokyo, this and a few other skincare products seemed to have lower pricing than usual. Maybe because the store was quiet and had low traffic? Japan has now introduced PA++++, so PA+++ is not the greatest any more. Picked this up because apparently it’s one of the good and cheap alcohol-free Japanese sunscreens
- Shiseido Collagen 40th Hello Kitty Tin (999 yen) I mostly bought this for the tin. I’m a little curious about these collagen drinks, but that was secondary.
- Slimwalk tights (1480 yen) Oops, only just realised I bought S-M size. These could be a bit too tight for me! They are supposed to slim your legs during sleep! :O
- Dr Scholl MediOtto tights (1380 yen) Same idea, but can wear these during day. They are basically just compression stockings…
- Shiseido Eyelash Curler (672 yen) A beauty item I don’t really use, but it’s considered a classic. I got slightly annoyed when I saw it at Matsumoto Kiyoshi (large pharmacy franchise) was selling it for 588 yen!
- Canmake Eye Lash Essence (609 yen)
- Canmake Marshmallow Powder (987 yen) Canmake is so cheap and with some highly rated items, it’s hard to resist. The packaging helps in this case too!
- Daiso Cotton Puff container (210 yen) A little bit vintage style and kawaii. Had good reviews on @cosme, so I picked it up. I think most of the good reviews are due to price of cutely designed product, rather than the cotton inside. Some just totally discard them!
- Rohto Lycee eye drops (493 yen) Don’t ask me why. I had a read few blogs that raved about these eye drops for their taste and cute pink packaging. I know Rohto eyedrops all have menthol, so they probably won’t be pleasant to use. It stings, man!
- Shiseido Foundation Brush 131 (1,890 yen) Oops, I just checked my receipts and realised I did not get this on special. I must have misread and not saw the 1 in front of the 890 yen. *stupid* I thought this was totally on special (>50%). I don’t even use a foundation brush! Just got it because it’s got cult status and I thought the price was originally too good to pass up! Oops, this product now wins the most expensive product for me! Man, I should have not checked the receipt and lived in ignorant bliss. Ah well, it’s only a $11 mistake!
If you clicked on all the links and notice the prices on the websites, you’ll notice I bought most items lower. I guess with so much competition, the recommended retail price doesn’t really mean much, but some items, I definitely got lucky by buying at right place.