Holiday-ing in Japan: I Hauled Japan Home!

Okay, in hindsight, it’s probably not that much but when I was packing for home on the last day of the holidays, I had problems stuffing everything (including Tim’s shopping) in the luggage :P

I went a bit bonkers at Matsumoto Kiyoshi. It’s a drugstore chain that sells a crazy amount of Japanese cosmetics brands including the ones under the big names like Shiseido, Kanebo and Kose. Most Matsumoto Kiyoshi stores have 2 floors, where the second one is dedicated only to makeup. I bought very few skincare products mainly because I didn’t understand what they were. At one point, I had to text Shizuka with a picture of a bottle of something and asked her what it was for ;)

Shopping Haul at Matsumoto Kiyoshi

The very popular Shiseido foundation brush was very cheap at Matsumoto Kiyoshi. I went at the right time; they were having quite a sale in store on a lot of products and one of them was the foundation brush. It retails at 1800yen (AU$21) and was on sale at 1320yen (AU$15.30), which was cheaper than Manicare brushes at Priceline!

The green tubes you see in the picture are Atrix Beauty Charge hand creams. I tried one out (498 yen – AU$5.80), loved it so much and ended up buying 2 more in different scents. The rest are blushes (Lavshuca, Visee and Coffret D’or), BB creams (Anessa, Ettusais and Freshel), a couple of sunscreens (Skin Aqua and Allie), a liquid eyeliner by Dolly Wink and a Hada Labo lotion refill.

Serge Lutens, Chanel Le Vernis in Malice, SKII Skin Signature Eye Cream, Jill Stuart Dual Cheek Color, THREE Flash Performance Eyeliner Pencil, Koh Gen Do Natural Lighting Powder

Next comes the higher-end makeup range. Service in departmental stores were excellent. I wanted to get Jill Stuart’s Christmas set but it was sold out everywhere I looked. In the end I left with the Blush Blossom Dual Cheek Color. THREE was particularly difficult to find. They aren’t available at all Takashimayas and I almost gave up on them when Tim spotted one at Shinjuku’s Takashimaya. The counter was tiny! I bought the popular Flash Performance Eyeliner pencil. The Serge Lutens perfume, Chanel’s nail polish in Malice and the SKII Skin Signature Eyecream were purchased at Narita and Changi Airports (duty free FTW!).

SUQQU Christmas 2012 Set

Of course, when in Japan, one couldn’t go past SUQQU. I finally saw the cheek makeup brush that Lisa Eldridge raved a lot about in her videos. It’s no wonder she loves it so much; the brush is incredibly soft. It’s very expensive though – the cheek brush retails at 15,000yen (AU$174) and the face brush at 31,500yen (AU$365). Those were out of the question for me, so I stuck to their Christmas 2012 set instead, which comprises a quad eyeshadow in EX-10, a mascara, the Reset Cleansing Cream, the Refining Foam and a gold makeup bag.

The service was fantastic at SUQQU. The sales assistant donned white gloves when she took the box out for me just so her fingerprints do not smudge the items. When she gave me a couple of foundation samples, she placed them in a cute lil’ drawstring bag. I haven’t had a chance to properly use the eyeshadow quad yet but I swatched them and they were buttery smooth.

Accessories Shopping Haul at H&M

I didn’t just buy cosmetics in Japan (if I could buy them all, I would). The clothes didn’t really appeal to me as they were reaching the cold season whereas we’re entering summer, so I stuck to accessories instead. I bought some earrings from an accessories store at Harajuku, a clutch and two chunky necklaces at H&M. By the way, most Japanese ladies wear very delicate jewellery, so there were lots of tiny earrings, very thin rings and bracelets in stores. I rarely saw women in chunky jewellery.

Pretty Collars

Pretty collars are all the rage in Japan. I saw so many and I really wanted to buy them all but that would be nuts (well, according to Tim, I am for buying them. Oh what does he know? :P). I bought these two collars at a tiny store at Harajuku. One delicate, one fierce. Not bad, right? ;)

Kawaii Stationery

When it comes to cute stationery, the Japanese wins hands down. Stickers, notebooks, washi tapes, you name it, they’ve got it. I was like a kid in a candy store when I saw all the kawaii stationery.

Longchamp Le Pliage and Samantha Thevasa wallet

I didn’t leave Japan without buying a Samantha Thevasa wallet and a Longchamp Le Pliage tote. I know the latter’s been worn to death but it’s such a convenient and sturdy bag to bash around with, I couldn’t resist. As for Samantha Thevasa, I’ve always wanted something from the brand but never did get myself any on my previous trips. Well, this time I did! Tim got this for me. Aww :)

Looks like a lot of stuff, eh? Well actually there’s more, but I’m not going to show you now. Let’s just say, I got you something from Japan too, and will be running a giveaway soon ;)

Hope you’ve liked my Japanese shopping haul, and if there’s anything you’d like me to review, just let me know!

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37 comments… add one

  1. Nadia

    Awesome haulage, Tine!! The accessories you got and the blushes in particular looks stunning!
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    1. Tine

      Aww thanks Nadia. I have done all beauty bloggers proud, I hope :D

  2. Paris B

    Love everything! Even the ones I don’t recognise :D
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    1. Tine

      Hahaha so glad you approve. Too many blushes, two cheeks? I’ll make it work ;)

  3. Kate from Seduced by Beauty

    I love your definition of not getting much!!! It is similar to mine :-)

    Thanks for sharing your ‘haul’. I love seeing what others purchase whilst on holidays and look forward to hearing your opinions on them in the future.
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    1. Tine

      Hehehe is there really such a thing as getting too much? Wait don’t answer that :P

  4. Birdette

    Totally jealous of your trip still, I’d have to go with empty luggage! What brands are the stationery? I love Japanese stationery!
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    1. Tine

      Don’t think the stationery have any brands, at least not the notebook and the stickers. The washi tapes are from MT. The rest…no clue :P

  5. Jennifer

    Awesome stufFs! Love the cosmetic haul and the Japanese words just makes them even more enticing though I don’t know what they mean :) Oh the pearl collar was nice too, the one with the studs looks like a biker chick piece. So you’ve got the complete shopping haul there, from cosmetics to accessories to bags. I’ve read a bit about Samantha Thavasa, glad you got it.

    1. Tine

      Oh I know, right? The Japanese words make them look exotic. I could have bought hemmorhoid cream, but who cares, they look pretty :P

      Biker chic! Those are the words I was looking for! There were so many more studded collars that were more OTT so I chose the least one :P

  6. Miss Kitty

    omg so jealous of your haul, love Jill Stuart and all the accessories! $300+ for a makeup brush though?!
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    1. Tine

      I know, crazy right? It’s very soft, I’ll give you that. But Hakuhodo has equally soft ones and they aren’t that expensive :P

  7. Grace-melody Moo

    Whoa…how do you pull off a fierce collar like the black one with golden studs? :P ~ I reckon, if I wore it, I’d look like a general…

    Love your hauls!
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    1. Tine

      Hahaha a simple single or double-breasted black long-sleeved shirt, the collar, kao tim. Trust me, you’ll have no problem pulling that look off ;)

  8. beetrice

    Can’t understand some of the items, but I’m gawping anyway! Love all your picks! :)
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    1. Tine

      Hahahah I didn’t understand some of the items either. Thank goodness for the Japanese friend on Whatsapp :D

  9. plue

    thanks for sharing! i will heading to Japan soon, so this is good info! :D

    i love my delicate jewellery, especially rings! Though that doesn’t mean I love my chunkies anything less. Do you happen to know where to get those delicate accessories, for an affordable price? I hope that the collars are still in rage by the time I get there, I have been wanting to pick one up but could never find the right one with the right price tag :(
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    1. Tine

      Most of not all the accessories stores you see in Japan will have very delicate accessories. Price isn’t too bad; they range from 500 to 2000 yen (mostly). The collars are usually about 2000-3000 yen. I bought it at a tiny store at Harajuku, so if you can, stick to the small stores because they’re going to “tiok” you at departmental stores.

      1. plue

        oh okay! will bear that in mind! thank you! :D am showing your trip to my sis, she’s going there next week :D
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  10. Issa

    wow, this is a nice haul!

    1. Tine

      Thanks Issa :)

  11. aaj

    Love your haul…especially the stationery and shiseido brush…now I want to go to Japan…:)

    1. Tine

      Thanks! Love the kawaii stationery. If I could, I’d get ‘em all ;)

  12. Swati

    whoa…brushes can retail at that cost??? must make someone pauper!!!
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    1. Tine

      The price is crazy, right? I thought I was seeing one zero too many! >.<

  13. Madam M

    i swear my head just spun around.
    You my love really know how to shop.
    You grabbed the most amazing things.
    Ha ha ha we must be keeping it in the family, i text shiz’s sister all the time: Whats this say? How do i use this? Can i eat this?
    I walked around for 2 days using a mini hairspray as a body spray until i asked her what its was. Hee hee
    I’m glad your home now though. Missed you.
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    1. Tine

      Hahahah thank you thank you *take a bow* :D

      The “can I eat this” thing is a good one. Most of the time I just looked at it, figured we’re in a restaurant anyway so it must be edible, closed my eyes and put it in my mouth. And pray I don’t get diarrhea after that :P

      PS: Hope to see you soon!

  14. dom

    PHWOAR. See, this is a proper haul. Glad you enjoyed your trip Tine! :)
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    1. Tine

      Why thank you Dom. Glad I got the stamp of approval of great haulage ;)

  15. cuteandcurls

    Oh MY GOSH
    Now that is a HAUL girl, love it i just love it. Say what does your husband say to all your shopping ? If its my husband, I tell you this, I can hear him tsk-tsk-ing away and kinda nagging me LOL wow i just love Japanese products ..im a big fan of Skin Aqua and also Hada Labo, shame i never gave Ettusais a try ..i cant find it here anymore ..

    You and I, when it comes to Japanese stationaries, are the same. I just love their stickers even letter sets and so much more hehehe

    1. Tine

      Surprisingly he was fine with it. I did ask him why he didn’t say anything about my shopping haul. He said we’re on holiday, so that’s okay. Well that was after I realised he shopped even more than I did (clothes, shoes AND a bag). No wonder he had nothing to say.

      If it was here, oh you bet I’ll hear complaints. No quiet tsk tsks, no “kinda nag”, it would be full on “YOU’RE BUYING MORE MAKEUP?! WHERE THE #$%^#@ ARE YOU GOING TO PUT IT?” Hmph. Men. What do they know? :P

      1. cuteandcurls

        Typical eh ..when it comes to them shopping its ok no questions asked ..my husband’s the same! If he sees me shop for a handbag or shoes, he’ll say ‘More shoes / handbags? Where are you going to store them? WHen do you wear those tops you’ve bought? Nag nag nag nag nag baaaaaaa

  16. Sarah

    !!!!!!! Haul envy! :) enjoy these awesome goodies! A giveaway? Can’t wait! :) thank you for your generosity to us readers! X
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    1. Tine

      Hahaha I figured it might be something you guys might look. Stay tuned, it’s coming in December ;)

      1. Tine

        ARGH, something you guys might LIKE. Silly typo >.<

  17. Sabine

    You did good :D I hope you enjoyed your holiday to bits – the taking stock of what you’ve brought back is one of my favourite things to do, thanks for sharing yours! xx
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    1. Tine

      Thank you, thank you very much! (ala Elvis) ;)

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