[Haul] – My Haul from Japan – Spring 2016

Hello from London!

After ten wonderfully blissful days in Japan I am back in the homeland and ready to share my haul!
I had one entire suitcase dedicated to souvenirs and, as you can probably guess, a large proportion of this was cosmetic goods.
I’ve split the haul into Japanese and Korean Goods, Sheetmasks will be getting their own blog post as I want to try a few of them first! So read on to find out more about what I bought and why I bought it!
Asian Skincare Products
 First I’d like to direct you to my “How to Haul Responsibly Post”. I saved up for this haul for a few months, it’s not something I’d do regularly, but you have to seize the opportunities as they fly by you! And with shipping costs to Europe being as high as they are, buying in Asia worked out cheaper and a lot more fun! Nothing beats being able to actually fondle the products in real life.
I’ll also be posting a quick guide on where to buy all these great products, and more, while in Japan. If you follow, or like my facebook page, you’ll get the quickest notification on when I’ve posted that J
Japanese Products
Japanese Skincare Products
All the Japanese products!
Hada Labo
Hada Labo Products
·       Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion
·         Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Premium Lotion
·         Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Cleansing Foam
Of course my haul starts with one of the best known Japanese brands!
Lotion – I got both the premium and original version of the Hada Labo Gokujyun Hyaluronic Acid Lotion. I like to use this as my hydrating toner step. It feels gentle and my skin loves this, thirstly slurpling it up.
Yet to try the premium version, but it contains 5 different molecular weights of HA. Fiddy also posted a great review on it here: Fiddy’s Review
Foam Cleanser – This is a back up to the foam cleanser that’s already sitting on my shelf! It’s a low pH foam cleanser which is gentle and effective.
DHC Disney Products
·         DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
·         DHC Lip Cream Lip Balm
Cleansing Oil – My go to oil cleanser. It’s olive oil based and does a wondrous job of getting my make up off in the evening. I already have back ups of this in the bathroom closet, but wanted to get the limited edition Alice in Wonderland bottle.
Lip Cream – One of the few lip balms I’ve actually used all the way through without losing! Moisturising with no discernible taste, the two qualities that I desire in any good lipbalm. Plus the packaging is gorgeous. The normal packaging is a sweet baby pink, and this Disney packaging is no longer in print. But my lovely Aunt found these for me on Yahoo Auctions.
Kose Softymo
Kose Softymo Speeding Cleansing Oil
·         Kose Softymo Speeding Cleansing Oil
Cleansing Oil – Although I love the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil I’ve also heard great things about this brand as well. I do like trying out new products, and this is slightly cheaper than DHC, so if it works out my wallet will also be happier!
Biore Suncream
·         Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Suncream
Suncream – Biore do some really great suncreams and they are the brand I’d recommend people look into. I wish these came in bigger bottles though! This particular line of theirs is great to use with make up and dries quickly, which is why I chose to get three bottles of these with no hesitation!
Shiseido Senka Perfect Whip Foam Cleanser
·         Shiseido Senka Perfect Whip Foam Cleanser
Foam Cleanser – I wrote up a full review of this just earlier last month! (Read Here) Bought this as a back up as Summer is coming and legs will be on display. Thank’s to my European genes I will be needing this a lot.
Melano CC
·         Melano CC Vitamin C Spot Treatment
Spot Treatment – This is one of my favourite discoveries of this year. I’ve found that this has worked really well at reducing the redness of my PIH hyperpigmentation and has a pleasant citrusy smell. Due to the way the Japanese language works you may also see this online as Merano CC.
Make Up
·         Creer Beaute La Rose De Versailles Eyeliner – Brown and Black
·         Canmake Glow Fleur Cheeks Blusher
·         Canmake Eyeshadow Palette
Eyeliner – La Rose de Versailles is one of my favourite eyeliners as they hold all day at work on my oily lids! Plus I love the understated look of the eyeliner itself (opposite to the gaudy packaging) and the brush tip.
Blusher – Haven’t tried anything from this Japanese beauty line before, but they have great reviews online! This is a sheer blusher with a pink pigmentation, perfect for my preferred spring looks!
Eyeshadow – I also took the opportunity to get a basic colour palette. I like the sheerness and sparkles that a lot of Asian eyeshadow palettes have so am looking forward to see how this works out.
Oshima Tsubaki
·         Oshima Tsubaki Hair Care Oil
·         Oshima Tsubaki Hair Spray
Oil – This is 100% Camellia Oil, which is great for the hair and one of the most highly recommended hair care products!
Hair Spray – I got this in spray from because some days I just don’t have time in the morning to pamper myself. Can’t wait to see how it works.
Korean Products
I dedicated one afternoon of my trip to go to Korean Town in Shin-Okubo and I am so glad I did! I had a great time and of course managed to pick up a few products while I was there!
·         TonyMoly Egg Pore Goose Skin Spray
·         Re:cipe Green Tea Oil Cleanser
·         Peripera Frozen Edition Tap Tap 3 Eyes – Eye Shadow Elsa Edition
·         Etude House Princess Etionette Heart Blusher
·         Iope Air Cushion XP
Goose Skin Spray – I got this because recently I’ve realised I don’t pamper my body enough! This is an exfoliating sea salt spray. I love the design of the bottle as well! Going to try spraying this on before my shower for the next few weeks to see how it works
Oil Cleanser – Now I have a lot of oil cleansers, DHC, Banila, Kose, but this was at half the usual price you can find online and I couldn’t resist. Re:cipe has had great reviews online, and green tea is meant to help with reducing acne and redness. These are two of my top concerns, so I’ll be interested to see if this oil cleanser actually helps. With this and the other oil cleansers I’ve bought I’m also set for the rest of the year in terms of cleansing!
Eye Shadow – Not going to lie, it was Elsa which drew me in to this eyeshadow to start 
with. But I also loved the colours and can’t wait for my next night out to bring out my inner Ice Queen!
Blusher – Etude House is famous for their princess look, and this is no exception. I love the sheer frosty look of their blushers and this is my first orange tone blusher.
Air Cushion – Heard great things about Iope but wasn’t willing to invest without trying it out in real life. Now that I have I can attest the hype is real. Stunning coverage and easy application. Hoping it’s longwear too!
And that’s all the skincare and beauty products I bought while in Japan! Well there’s a ton of sheetmasks, mostly new discoveries, to share as well but that’s for another day!
What are your favourite Japanese brands to use? Any great ones I should add to my wishlist for the next trip?



  1. Ohhh…so many nice products! I love japanese beauty products but they are harder to get than Korean ones…maybe one day I can visit Japan aswell…that would be amazing. I hope you will review some of the products andesigned I'm looking forward to your 'where to buy'guide 🙂

  2. Ohhh…so many nice products! I love japanese beauty products but they are harder to get than Korean ones…maybe one day I can visit Japan aswell…that would be amazing. I hope you will review some of the products andesigned I'm looking forward to your 'where to buy'guide 🙂

  3. Thanks for the comments! Totally agree about the ease of getting Japanese products in Europe, so saved up ready for the trip!

  4. I noticed you gotten the new formulated hada labo foaming cleanser. Is it possible for you to test the pH of the cleanser? Ran out of the old one and afraid that the new one have a diff pH ��

  5. The Japanese products look especially intriguing. I wouldn't even know where to start!

  6. That's a fun haul! Japan is on my list. I can't wait to go!

  7. I didn't understand most of the products or what they do, but I sent this article to my mom and she absolutely loved it haha. Thanks for helping me score points with her.

  8. I'm so jealous, all of this stuff. I see it all the time online and wish I could get my hands on some, especially the skin care!

  9. Oh, what an awesome haul! I love the Japanese products and eBay, you are so lucky 😉 I am looking for further reviews!

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  11. Wow this all looks incredible! Do you know any good places to buy Japanese products online? I live pretty far away from Japan so it's not easy to find products from there haha 🙂 Good review!


  12. Amazon has a surprisingly good selection for most of these! As does Ebay and Ratzilla.

  13. It's got a similar pH to the old one 🙂

  14. hi! I wanna ask for the price of the ff products, if you don’t mind:
    -Hada Labo Gokyujun Moist lotion
    -Hada Labo Premium Gokyujun lotion
    -Hada Labo Super HA cleansing foam
    -Melano CC essence
    -Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil
    I want to have a baseline for when I shop overseas (HK and SG mainly). I know the prices are marked up, and I need to justify it in my head if its worth it or not 🙂

    • Hi, sorry bought these in Yen and didn’t really keep the receipts. If you google them for online shops, like Amazon, you’ll be able to find a baseline 🙂

  15. Nice haul^^. It makes me want to go back to Tokyo real bad! Do you know if the DHC cleansing oil fits someone with sensitive skin?

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