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Haul from Japan (Version 2013.1)

posted by whimsicalperfection on April 7, 2013 10:00 pm

Hey everyone!
I'm back in humid/hot/sweaty Singapore! It's been a wonderful 10 days in Japan, and I'm missing it already! The weather there was definitely much cooler, and it's lovely to see all the many Cherry Blossom trees in full bloom.
I hauled back quite a bit of stuff (my luggage was 22.7kg!), everything from skincare to food! Today's post will focus on the non-perishables and the skincare stuff, and I'll show you all the food and other scenic shots I took over the last 10 days in the next few posts!

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First up is the skincare haul! I didn't purchase any makeup products from Japan, but I had a rather long list of skincare products I wanted from Japan!

Based on recommendations from Musingsofamuse, I purchased the Kao Biore Extra Moisturizing Sealing Gel Lotion, tried it immediately, fell in love with it, and purchased a refill pack the next day. This costs me $13 for the bottle, and $10 for the refill. Expect a more in-depth review of this baby!
Another recommendation based on Musingsofamuse, I purchased Kose COSMEPORT Skin Rhythm Moisturizing Skin Cream. I've tried the tester, and the product had a rich texture despite the small amount used. It had a strong smell of lavendar, so I'm guessing it would make a good night-use moisturizer! This costs me only $11.50!
Next up is a random purchase. It's seems like it's a foamy cleanser (probably like the Biore Marshmallow Whip?), and since it was on discount ($3.50), it went into my basket ><
I also purchased LUSH's Angels on Bare Skin. Well, we have LUSH in Singapore, but Angels on Bare Skin is always out of stock, and it's cheaper in Japan. This is 80g (which is much better than 100g for a cleanser that has a short shelf-life), and costs me $10.
I didn't purchase any bottles of Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen, because I already had 2 bottles. BUT, I couldn't resist picking up more sunscreens, which includes the Biore UV Watery Essence! It was recently launched in Singapore, but had been in my shopping list since it was launched last year in Japan. This costs me less than $10 each.
I bought the Biore UV Watery BB not because it's a BB cream, but because I was curious if a tinted sunscreen might become my new all-in-one base product for everyday use. Will review it when I've started using it! This costs me around $10.

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Moving onto nails, I bought all of the items from 100 yen stores. I didn't make an effort to visit Nail Tat (silly me, since it's rather nearby!), so nothing fancy. Japan had more shades of Revlon nail polishes, but oh my, they're super expensive at $13 for 8ml!
I've been meaning to order some random wheels of stones to play with, so when I saw this wheel filled with different sizes of black stones and at 100yen, it naturally went into my basket.
I pounced onto these babies because of the holographic bits! And found out much later (when I'm back in Singapore) that they are actually nail art strippers. I'll get round to transferring them into my 5ml bottles instead, so I can use them as normal nail polishes!
I love this brand of polishes. It was my first proper purchase of a nail polish, and what made me like the look of nail polish on my nails. It's available in Singapore, but with very limited shades, and a much much higher price tag. So far, I'm absolutely loving the green and the darker blue! <3
Nail art stickers from more 100 yen stores! They look rather pretty, and kinda different from the ones I've seen on Ebay. Some of them here are gifts for others :D

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My boyfriend initially purchased these for his colleagues. But he found cuter bookends instead, so I took over these 2 items. Not a fan of Hello Kitty, but hey, the sealers will come in useful at work, and the hair tie organizer might actually result in me losing less hair ties. These cost $1.30 each.
More 100 yen stuff, I brought home an Orange and Pink ink pad for my Daiso Singapore stamps! You really got to love Daiso for their wide range of stuff!

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And finally, something very very special. They cannot be purchased, and they'll only last for a short while.
Mini bottles each filled with one precious Sakura petal! The petals are from Mt Fuji, because the earlier ones from Shinjuku National Park withered. Hope these will last for a while longer so I can gift them to my colleagues!

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And so this ends my post on half of my haul! If you're particularly interested in a review of any of the products (especially the skincare stuff), do let me know in the comments below!

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wooo... now your colleagues get to keep a piece of the sakura petal ;)


@hazelnutt: Probably just for tomorrow :( Maybe I shld have grabbed a few petals and pressed them instead

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