I’ve always been fascinated by Japan. I grew up watching Japanese anime shows, movies and cartoons. Doraemon and Studio Ghibli characters are definitely my favorites. I also played Japanese toys when I was younger such as Tamagochi, Tamiya, Hello Kitty stuffed toys and Japanese video games. But now that I’m older, I still watch Japanese cartoons and movies but I’d say I am more into their culture and beauty secrets so today I will be sharing all the Japanese skincare stuff I was able to collect for the last couple of months.
I didn’t actually go to Japan just to get these stuffs because fortunately, some of these items are readily available online or in stores here in Manila and some were given to me. Though it’s expected that some items are pricier when purchased here but hopefully I get to visit Japan anytime soon and shop Japanese items personally because I heard they’re a lot more cheaper there.
Honestly, I am a Korean Skincare junkie but I guess what made me buy Japanese products is that it is very straightforward and simple. Japanese are very particular with Hydration and since I have dry skin most of the time, I am very excited to try their products immediately. So here are my Japanese Skincare and Hair care picks:
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (70ml)
Oil cleansing is safe yet effective way of removing make-up, dirt, clogged pores and extra oil from your skin. I’ve read and heard from tons of beauty bloggers/vloggers that this Cleansing Oil from DHC is very good in doing just that. Though I am not a make up person, I personally love to try cleansing oils because of the good benefits it provides to the skin. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil comes in 2 sizes, 70ml and 200ml. The one I got is the smaller size and this one is bought in Japan by my Team Leader when she visited Japan. I’s a lot cheaper there because here in Manila, 70ml is around P750 while 200ml is P1,500 in BeautyMNL. and P650 if you purchase it in DaraBeautyMarket
Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Foam Wash (160ml)
Another cult favorite and well raved among beauty Bloggers and Vloggers around the world. The Hada Labo Gokujyun Super Hyaluronic Acid Foam Wash. This is a self-foaming foam cleanser that is known to be very gentle and suited even for sensitive skin. You can use this cleanser as your second cleansing step and it is effective in removing dirt and make up left overs off of your face. I am very excited to try this one out! Price ranges from P600-P685 in TokyoBeautyPH, SkinCurator, DaraBeautyMarket, and BeautyMNL.
Cure Natural Aqua Gel
Another very popular product that 1 bottle is sold every 12 seconds in Japan. I was sold! I first thought of this as a facial cleanser before and since I do have a lot of facial cleansers, I always pass by this product in Watson‘s. Though I personally like my exfoliating scrub to have small granules like my all-time favorite Black Sugar Mask Wash Off from Skinfood, but I still want to try more gentle ones like this one from Cure. Plus this is a fragrance-free, color free and preservative free product which is another thing to love. This is by far the most expensive item in this haul and I hope this will work wonder on me. We’ll see. I bought this one from Watson’s for P1,500 and I was given few sample sizes of this. This is also available at BeautyBar.
Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Lotion (170ml)
Another popular Japanese Product in the market. This is known to be the number 1 bestselling lotion in Japan. Lotions in Japan are considered Toners. It’s texture is watery like toners but a bit bouncy-like closed to Dear, Klairs Supple Preparation Toners. I said earlier, Japanese are into hydration and moisture and this toner from Hada Labo is said to be very good at that department. This lotion is available in different variants depending on you skin needs and skin type and the one I got is their moisture one. I even read from other bloggers that this can be used as toner, essence and moisturizer then you are all set. 1 bottle of this sells like pancakes and is always sold out in Japan. This is now available at BeautyMNL, DaraBeautyMarket, SkinCurator and TokyoBeautyPH. Price ranges from P600-P950.
Rohto Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti-Spot Serum (20ml)
I am always on the look out for best Vitamin C Serums because I want to clear up the dark spots on my face. Then I saw this Rohto CC Anti-Spot serum in one of the videos from Gothamista (one of my trusted beauty vlogger) and bought this one without a doubt. My Team Leader also bought this for me from her recent trip to Japan and I was happy to finally got my hand on this product. This is now available in BeautyMNL and SkinCurator from P950-P1,000 so in case this works for me, I can easily grab another tube.
Now onto my favorite stuff, Masks. I hoard a lot of masks and put them in the fridge. This one from Lululun is now added to my massive masks collection. This is available in different variants, Moisture which is the Pink one, Extra Moisture which is the Bluish Purple and the one I got which is for Brightening in whitish silver package. This 1 pack of Lululun already has 7 sheet masks in it and they also have the bigger box which has 32-40 masks inside. How cool is that?! This is sold out in BeautyMNL and TokyoBeauty so I got mine from BeautyBarPH for P325. This is way more cheaper in Japan though.
MegRhythm Steam Eye Mask (5 Pcs.)
I grab another mask but this one is different because this is basically for the eyes. I saw Kim Dao (another beauty vlogger I follow) hoarding this stuff and I can’t help but to buy them. She said this eye mask heats up once you put them on and is effective in relaxing your tired eyes. I thought, that’s interesting. This one comes in different scents but they also have unscented ones. I have the one in Rose scent. I guess that’s the most popular scent, I’m not sure. I bought mine in BeautyMNL for P346 and has 5 pcs Eye Masks inside. You may also purchase 1 eye mask for P74. Another good news folks, I saw this eye mask in my recent visit to Watson‘s in Market Market but can’t recall how much it was.
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence
Now on my final skincare related stuff. This is not an essence but a sunscreen. Japanese are known to have tons of great Sunscreens. They are very lightweight, non-greasy and don’t leave white cast which is the same reason why they’re very popular and well loved by so many. This one from Biore is actually my ultimate favorite and this is in fact my second tube. It is very lightweight and is easily absorbed by my skin because of its watery texture and provides a very good UV protection with its 50spf ++++. Biore has a lot of sunscreen variants with price ranges from P300-P485 and are now available in BeautyMNL and Watson’s nationwide.
Mentholatum Medicated Lip Stick XD
Now onto lip balm, this lip balm was given to me by a friend from his recent trip to Japan and he said this is very good at moisturizing lips and preventing dry, chapped and cracked lips. I don’t understand a single thing in the packaging other than this “Mentholatum Medicated Lip Stick”. I run out of my Burt’s Bees Lip Balm so I am excited to use this one and see how it works. I can’t see this particular product anywhere here in the Philippines but I saw this one from BeautyMNL that you can try which is also from the same brand.
Shiseido Tsubaki Volume Shampoo, Conditioner and Treatment
And we are down to the last item in this haul. The Tsubaki Volume Shampoo, Conditioner and Treatment from the famous Japanese brand, Shiseido. I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about Japanese Hair Care products particularly this Tsubaki line. Apart from skincare, I also want to start investing to hair care. I have dry, frizzy and damaged hair and I hope this one works well. This 3 products were given to me by my boyfriend and he bought it from Lazada PH. You can also buy Tsubaki and other Shiseido Hair Care products from BeautyMNL and we also saw these from our recent visit to Daiso Philippines in Robinson’s Galleria. Price ranges from P500-P580These items are also available in refill packs so I plan on getting the refill packs since I already have bottles in case these products are good.
Where to Buy Japanese products in the Philippines
- Watson’s Philippines
- Daiso Philippines
- Zalora PH
- Lazada Philippines
And that pretty much wraps up my Japanese Skincare Beauty Haul. I will try to use these products and hope to review each one of them soon. Let me know which of these Japanese products are your favorites. Thank you for reading this post and see you on my next one!
This is not a sponsored post and I am no way compensated for this review. I bought the products using my own money and I am also no skin expert and it’s best if you will seek professional advise.