Not everything I bought is for myself, some are gifts and also for my giveaway winners. However I just thought you might like to feel the joy of my hauls, lol. It's probably not as amazing as what you'd dream of hauling yourself. I think what i hauled most was hair care! My hair had been rather dry before leaving (but quickly turning oily on hot days) so I really wanted to start using hair oils etc. in attempt to revitalize my hair to be healthy and shiny again. (Me = Leo, therefore my hair is my crown and shining glory...or it should be! *smiles* )
Everything here came from drugstores and costs no more than 1,000 yen or $12 (damn USD -> JPY conversion rate). I've yet to open and use any of these but will definitely post reviews and more pictures once I do. :)
Ma Cherie (Shiseido)Ma Cherie is a hair care line from Shiseido that I don't see kept well-stocked (if at all) in big Japanese markets like Mitsuwa and Marukai. The packaging is very girly and I've read that the fragrance is very sweet and perfume-y.
Shiseido Ma Cherie Hair OilThis was highly recommended to me by Blair and seems to get good reviews online. I was surprised because I thought it seemed a bit small at first (60mL, fits in my hand) but it is definitely cheaper compared to the beloved Moroccan hair oil. I ended up getting two bottles, just in case I really love it! (Mine came with free eyebrow razors, keke).
Shiseido Ma Cherie Curl Set LotionI decided to grab this and give it a try too since I love my Lucido-L curl water and want to see how it compares.
Shiseido Hadasui Skin & Body LotionThis isn't really something I need or was planning to buy but it was only about 400 yen, which is about half the price that I've seen it for here and online. It's basically a natural mineral water that you can use as a toner on your skin and even hair treatment. The pink version is the moisturizing variety (water cream?).
Lots of Essential! It's so cheap in Japan (it really is a drugstore brand) and I already knew that some of their hair products have worked well for me (read my past review). Hmm I was tempted to stock up on the shampoo refill bags which were very cheap (about 300-400 yen), but I'd passed since I've been thinking of switching to something more gentle and perhaps natural/organic.
KAO Essential Hair Essence in Nuance Airy & Rich PremierI bought both because I am greedy. =X No, just kidding, it's because they're actually targeted for different purposes. The pink Nuance Airy is an anti-frizz serum whereas the orange Rich Premiere is a nourishing care lotion. Both are leave-in treatments that promise better hair.
KAO Essential Treatment Water in Nuance Airy & Rich PremierMore leave-in treatment stuff, only these are spray and water type. At this point I figured "just throw it in the bag." You probably noticed I bought both Nuance Airy and Rich Premiere; it's so I can try the airy one for spring and summer and the rich one in colder seasons.
KAO Essental Ultra Honey & Shea Butter Intensive Hair Masks in Nuance Airy & Rich PremierI absolutely love the Rich Premier hair mask, which makes my hair ultra soft and smooth and silky to touch. However I stopped stocking up on Sasa since the price was raised from about $7 to almost $10. I believe these were about 500-600 yen (receipts are somewhere).
Lucido-L Designing Aqua Water Curl Lotion (Airy)This is my favorite to use whenever I curl my hair so I already knew it works well and just wanted more, keke. Whenever I let a friend try it, that person is always impressed and wants it for herself! It holds curls very well and for a long time, but doesn't flake or make my hair feel sticky or stiff and inflexible. It also smells nice, like apples. To be honest I don't remember how much it costs at Mitsuwa, but it was about 800-900 yen, I believe.
Rohto Z!, Rohto Lycee (contacts), Rohto Lycee Eye DropsI and I'm pretty sure most people who've tried any, love using these Japanese eye drops, which seemed ridiculously cheap in Tokyo compare to the prices I've seen online! These were only about 400-500 yen each. I bought some as gifts also.
DHC Deep Cleansing OilThis DHC Cleansing Oil caught my eye because of the Disney packaging, haha, yes, I''m a sucka. I only bought the Daisy one though and I do think the cleansing oil works well so I'll be sure to use it. I would have picked up the Mild Touch Cleansing Oil but I didn't see it again before leaving.
Onto the drugstore cosmetics...hands down, my favorite brand must have been Canmake. Canmake is really affordable in Tokyo but you will always find it marked up online or in other countries. I think part of its charm is that it's good quality for drugstore price, so I'm not sure if it's worth buying at marked up prices and I'm lucky I've never had to.
Canmake Candy Wrap Lip Glosses in 01, 02 Navel Drop (2x), 03 Peach Shower (L to R)These are their newest lip glosses and have moisturizing agents like hyaluronic acid. Canmake Nudy Glow lip glosses were favorites of mine so I'm looking forward to trying these and seeing how they stack up.
Canmake Cream Cheek Blush in 07 Coral Orange and 13 Love PeachI'd gotten a lot of comments recommending these to me...but do you want to know a secret? I already had 01, 05, 07, and 08. I did still swatch other colors but unfortunately the one I liked best, 02 Cherry Pink, is being discontinued and was out of stock. These are actually for my Tokyo giveaway winner.
Canmake Agebuto Mascara"Send out mega-powerful ♥ love signals with your lashes!!!" Oh really? keke I just had to get this mascara since I've heard good things about the Canmake Gokubuto mascara, but I chose this one so I rank curling power over volume in mascara (this promises curl, volume, and definition).
Cezanne Lasting Cheek Blush in 02I picked up this cream blush since I didn't get any Canmake Cream Cheek blushers for myself and this was only about 600 yen. The color is "pink" but I don't think it's a true pink, more of a pinky peach. Quality-wise, I noticed when swatching on my hand and arms (haha, yes, arms), the Canmake Cream Cheek seemed to be more smooth whereas this creased, but we'll see how it turns on my actual face.
D.U.P Eyelash Fixer EX (Clear)This was also highly recommended to me by Blair and although I wasn't in dire need of a new eyelash glue, I decided to get at least one to try once I'm finished with my current DollyWink eyelash glue. I wasn't sure if clear was better than black but I chose it for the girly, pink packaging.
Lastly, I picked up these Kracie masks which were on sale for less than 400 yen each, steal! I'd already bought tons in Seoul so I didn't go crazy in Tokyo.
Kanebo Kracie Hadabisei Moisturizing Facial Masks (4 pieces)Hm you probably know by now that ever since I'd gotten into using sheet masks that I never run out, keke, so here's adding to my never-ending supply!
Kanebo Kracie Hadabisei Tightening Facial Masks (4 pieces)I'd posted a review on this while ago.
That's it! Are you...underwhelmed? I know there are soooo many popular cosmetics and Japanese brands, but I think I may have been shopped out from Seoul and truthfully, I know I already have more than enough makeup (I'd only just started using my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette during this trip), so I was pretty good at not buying too much and also didn't splurge on high end items either. Mayyybe someday in the future I will lust and have to get my hands on something, but for now, I'm quite content. ^_^