[Haul] – Japan Winter 2016

I’m lucky enough to have been to Japan twice this year. Which means I got to do another haul! Been a long time since I last posted, so it’s fitting that this new blog post is filled with new products, new discoveries and of course lots of pictures! Over the coming months I’ll be reviewing a few of these, let me know in the comments if anything in particular catches your eye that you want to know more about. I’ll move it up the testing queue.

This time I focused more on new items that I hadn’t tried before, or was intrigued by the packaging (i.e. I’m a sucker for cute things). You can read all about my first haul here: Japan Spring Haul.

One thing you will notice if you go shopping are the giant “Tax Free” signs. If you spend over 5k Yen on cosmetics you’ll qualify for a tax refund which you can claim at the airport. Remember to take your passport with you.

I’m going to split this post into the three main places that I bought these products. So you know where you can go if you also want to buy! I’ve also written this post on “How to Haul Responsibly”. It’s fun buying products, but only as long as you can still afford the basics in life! 

Its’ Demo

This is the place to go if you like character collaborations! I missed the Summer Pokemon collaboration but still managed to fill my shopping basket with cute delights.

Sailor Moon

Sheet Masks – I saw these on the shelf and knew I had to get them. The last ones I had didn’t have a Sailor Moon print unfortunately, but they were nicely hydrating and fit well. Fingers crossed these are an improvement.

Nail Polish – It’s pink and Sailor Moon. What’s not to like!

Bathbomb – I love the idea of a bright pink Sailor Moon bath, hoping it lives up to my expectations.


Cleansing Research AHA Esthetic Soap – This usually has an apple on it, so it’s fitting Snow White is the featured princess! I’ve not tried this before, but suffer from bacne so hopefully this helps.


DHC Lip Cream Disney Princess Collections – I love this lip balm, I’ve not found one which is more hydrating for my lips yet. This is a clear lip balm and I’ve used up 2 whole tubes of this this year already. So I’m pleased I’ve added more to my collection! I also got a two free espresso cups as “gifts” with this.

Nail Polish – Some of these I purchased as gifts for friends. My only Pokemon purchase has also snuck into the picture here.

This was at the Shibuya store, I took some photos of the shop’s interior which you can see here: Imgur Gallery

Drug Stores – Don Quixote and Matsumoto Kiyoshi AKA Donki and Matsukiyo

These you can find everywhere in Japan and are where your staples will be at. So the HadaLabos, Shiseido, CanMake brands etc are likely to be here. Keep an eye out for the #1 Cosme sticker, this means it’s been ranked #1 by this well known Japanese expert in Beauty.

Disney Princess Eyebrow Pencil K-Palette – Well firstly yes Disney Princess is what drew my attraction to these pencils. But I also wanted more eyebrow make up, and this fit the bill! I got two different shades.

Sana Soy Milk Moisture Toner – This has popped up on my radar recently as a gentle hydrating toner, and I wanted to try this out for myself. It’s also got a #1 Cosme rank.

Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion – This is a refill for my favourite hydrating toner.

Shiseido Perfect Whip – I always pick up a bottle of this in Japan, because I love to use it to shave my legs! Full review here: Perfect Whip

Hada Labo Hyaluronic Foam Wash Tube – I love the foam wash in the pump, so when I spotted the tube I was intrigued to try it. Expect to see a review soon. I’ve reviewed the pump version here: Read Here

Hello Kitty Sheet Masks – This comes in multiple types and I’m hoping work well for me

My Beauty Diary Black Pearl  – A classic that I picked up for the sheetmask closet.

LuLuLun Sheet Masks – These are a classic Japanese brand, I love how eco this is in that there are multiple masks in a packet! These are simply hydrating, but fit well and are affordable.

Pure Smile Sheet Masks – Some fun character masks! These are pretty basic sheet masks but I love the prints.

Heroine Make Eyeliner – I love the mascara from this brand so thought I’d venture into their eyeliners as well.

Shiseido Eyelash Curler – An HG in the Beauty World. Now I have it in my collection!

Dot Washy – This is a facial soap which is meant to help tackle blackheads!

DHC Lip Cream – Told you I loved this! This is the lip balm in it’s classic look.

Kao Steam Eye Masks – These are self-heating eye masks and they’re great for relaxing in the evening

Okubo AKA Korea Town

I couldn’t pass up the chance to go to Korea Town to stock up on some Korean goodies. I did feel a lot of the products could be found for cheaper online. But it was great being able to try some swatches and pick up sheetmasks whose weight makes shipping expensive.

SHEET MASKS GALORE! These are all the sheet masks that I picked up. I will be reviewing them, and all the other masks I picked up, on my Instagram which you can find here: @Mapletreeblog

Etude House Mineral Magic Cushion – As I suffer from red skin I like to use a green primer. I’ve used this cushion in the past and liked the way it reduced the appearance of redness, so I’ve made a repurchase.

The Saem Ally’s Ajell Luminous Multi Highlighter – This is a popular Korean brand and the swatch I took instore was a light shimmer which suited my skintone. There was also a rainbow one, but it was too shimmery for my liking.


So that’s what I brought back with me from japan this time! Did you notice anything I’ve missed?
Let me know so I can add it to the wishlist for the next trip back.



  1. The Biore UV Aqua rich essence is really REALLY good.

    The Cleansing Research AHA Esthetic Soap is reliable. I usually end up picking up some on each of my Japan trips.

    Honestly- the Lululun masks are just OKAY. However, the pure smile masks are incredible and I am kicking myself for not buying more of their snail sheets!

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