I have seen a few blog posts on Wishtrend Green Tea & Enzyme Powder Wash just recently and I was reminded of the powder cleansers I see in Japan. For any of you that don't know, I have been learning to speak Japanese for 5 years. It's really quite difficult; however I love the culture, the food and the beauty products. I stock up every time I go to Japan. If I run out, there are a few places in Sydney to visit to stock up again. This post is about the Japanese skincare and cosmetics that I love and how I love to visit Daiso in Wynyard, Sydney CBD. Read on...
I must admit, the first Japanese beauty product that I ever bought were black cotton tips. My husband doesn’t use them, but I have always used them to clean my ears. There are many people who won’t use them, so I guess I could get a few comments from you all about how you won’t use them... Those candle things seem weird to me... It was on our first trip to Japan, approximately 5 years ago, that I found little wrapped up black cotton buds in the hotel bathroom where we stayed. Genius. Now I don’t need to see what comes out of my ears! The Japanese are so clean, tidy and neat. They have lots of great cleaning inventions for themselves and for around the house. Maybe I should start wearing a face mask when I clean too? I found bulk packs of the black cotton buds in stores over there and brought them home. How there are Daiso here in a Sydney I can buy them when I need them.
I love visiting Japanese chemists and Don Quijote as well as electronics stores for all the latest gadgets. Don Quijote that over 160 locations throughout Japan and Hawaii. It carries a wide range of products, from basic groceries to electronics to groceries to clothing. The store is well known in Japan and is often referred to by its shortened name Donki. I find it hard to walk in there and not spend quite a bit on matcha sweets, sticky tape (don’t ask - it’s just better and thicker) and beauty & cosmetics. Last time we were in there my husband found a fish hat; which has now been retouched onto lots of available photos online. His friends are cruel sometimes... I actually can’t remember the first beauty product I bought in Japan. Though I am pretty sure it was mascara. I was very pleased with how it lengthened and separated my lashes - and so my obsession with Japan and all things Japanese began. Did I mention the amazing cheap food?
When I want something Japanese beauty wise while in Australia there are a few places you can go. Online of course, Daiso, Blush Cosmetics and Muji. Daiso and Muji are mostly their own basic no frills products. You also have to be pretty selective to find the gems! So what do I recommend?
I have tried a few Japanese mascaras but Dejavu Lash Knockout Extra Volume Mascara ($21AUD) is actually a really great buy. I find it similar to the Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Wet Length & Volume Waterproof Mascara in ease of use. It doesn't seem to clump at all and wears really well. True it could make my eyelashes appear fuller but for $21AUD it does alright. I will mention too; I can buy this for less than $10 when I am in Japan. I give it a 4.5 out of 5 only because of the price. If it was more expensive it would have been a 4 out of five.
Black Cotton Swabs and Cotton Pads
I explained that black cotton buds were the first beauty product I bought and brought home from Japan. I just love that they disguise what you clean up. The Japanese are really good at manufacturing cotton pads. They are a lot cheaper if you buy them in Japan and bring them home; but if you need to Muji have great rectangular ones that you can buy too.
Facial Mask Papers
In the spirit of my travel skincare post I will talk about Daiso Facial Mask Papers. With these bad boys you can create your own sheet masks with any of your favourite serums. Which means you can skip taking multiple things travelling; you just need a whole bunch of these papers and your regular serum. The best way to use these is to apply more serum to your face and then put the paper sheet over that. You can then pat it on so it stays there. You could soak it in serum; but that would involve emptying your serum out into something bigger... I use these Facial Mask Papers with my Dr Jart+ Ceremidin Liquid for a really hydrating and toning mask.
Natural Silk Finger Exfoliators
These are just little soft finger pockets of goodness. The jury is out on whether they actually do anything though. I still think my bulk buy of medical gauze is a better gentle exfoliating purchase but I just love these finger clouds! Natural Cocoon Peeling Silk Balls are the actual cocoons woven by silkworms. They are made of 100% silk with no other additives. They are supposed to exfoliate, help cleanse, hydrate and nourish your skin. You're supposed to soak peeling balls in lukewarm water for 3 minutes. When moist and soft, place on fingertips through opening (if too small, cut slightly to widen) and massage skin with fingertips in circular motion. It feels pretty natural rubbing the little silk cocoons across your skin; however once wet, the silk smells a bit weird. Well, it's a natural smell I guess. My skin does feel super soft and smooth after though! You should see the little balls after you use them; they are covered in gross oil and dirt.
Matcha Sheet Masks
Matcha for my face?! Well I just had to try one of these out - I am obsessed with matcha. This variant contains Matcha (green tea) extract as its main ingredient to hydrate and calm skin. They are made from 100% cotton and the Daiso Rich Moist Essence Mask Series has 6 types; Matcha, Horse Oil, Camellia Oil, Sakura, Pearl Barley & Black Pearl. All of them seem to have the same use, just different kind of extracts. When you take the mask out of the packet, the paper has plenty of slits so it fit really well. Although it was a bit too wide so I had to fold it back. I am not sure about it sticking really well though; it sort of slid down my face. The instructions say 10-15mins but I left mine on for longer! After the 30 minute mark I had lots of little air bubbles forming. So this mask essence absorbs quickly and my skin felt hydrated. After the mask; my facial redness was completely gone which was amazing. A couple of hours later my redness returned, it was even like a healthy flush though this time...
Royal Jelly Serums
This Daiso Royal Jelly Extract Face Moisturizing Essence Serum went viral when it first got released in 2016. Probably because these serums can be used more than just for skin care – they can also be used anywhere on your body: your hair, your skin, your eyebrow, and even your eyelashes! I really love the packaging so I bought the Royal Jelly Serum to give it a go. While I have serums that are better around my eyes, I actually really love this serum in my eyebrows. Sounds really weird but sometimes your eyebrow area gets dry and my eyebrows love this stuff!
What have I bought that I wasn’t so impressed with?
Those black blackhead nose sheets. I mean do any of those really work?