Monday, November 10, 2014

Best Japanese Beauty Products

Ever wonder how Japanese women look incredibly young and fly with flawless skin and makeup? Credit the best Japanese beauty products on the market, and of course, their skin care regiment.  Asians know beauty, hands down!

Check out my favorite Japanese beauty products sold in Japan and online:

DHC cleansing oil is one of the most popular cleansing oils in the world. It is in every Japanese woman's skin care routine. It removes dirt, excess oil, and my favorite part - waterproof mascara. No more raccoon eyes. I was skeptical about this cleansing oil because I am acne prone. However, after moving to Japan I had to give up Philosophy's Purity one step facial cleanser that has been my holy grail because I have yet to find it here in Japan. What I love about DHC's formula is the deep cleaning and leaves your face incredibly soft. Japanese mascaras are made of a strong long lasting formula. Your ordinary cleansers will not remove your mascara without a bit of work. The last thing you want to do is over cleanse your face trying to get your make up off. Everywhere you search online, people are raving about it giving it 4.5-5 stars with thousands of positive comments. 

Fly Tip: It makes for great make up brush cleanser when mixed with warm water

Where to buy in Japan: Drugstores and few konbini stores carry this

Where to buy online: Amazon 

Shiseido Perfect Whip is another affordable face wash that is a staple item in Japanese women's skin care. It is a soft and foamy lightly scented cleaner that acts as a cushion or barrier to protect your face from harsh scrubbing. It is good for removing impurities and excess sebum that cause those pesky pimples we all hate! Best part of this face wash besides leaving your skin clean, is that it leaves your face soft and glowing. 

Only downside to this product is that I do not recommend it for acne prone or super sensitive skin as a face wash or to remove make up. This product is best used as a daily cleanser. 

Where to buy in Japan: Drug stores and konbini stores

Where to buy online: Amazon 

In Japan, it is said that Cure Natural Aqua Gel is sold every 12 seconds across Japan! That is madness especially at the price point on average being between $30-$50. But guess what? It is totally worth it to bite the bullet and sacrifice the lattes and cinnamon buns for a couple of weeks to buy this product. I held out for a year reading hundreds of positive reviews while staring at my acne scars in the mirror on this product before purchasing. Shame on me! Now I know why it is Japan's best selling exfoliators. 

Cure Natural Aqua Gel is a water based exfoliator that works well on normal, dry, and sensitive skin. It also serves as a great way to be sure all your make up is off your face. It also has natural plant extracts of rosemary, ginko and aloe vera that are great for your skin. Best part about it, no harsh chemicals or alcohol. That is what makes it suitable for all skin types. 

Fly Tip: This is great for acne prone skin and ethic skin. It is also great for lightening dark spots due to the exfoliation process Cure provides. 

Where to buy in Japan: Drugstore and Loft 

Where to buy online: Amazon

Shiseido Tsubaki Shining Shampoo & Conditioner

If you have ever walked the streets of Japan you will see Japanese women walking around with long shiny thick black hair, and it looks voluminous. Yea, genes may have something to do with it, but trust me, Japanese women play no games when it comes to beauty, hair included. Shiseido's Tsubaki line lives up to what it claims and it is no wonder that every few seconds a bottle of this is sold in Japan. It is endorsed by many celebrities, too. This line has it own section in almost every Konbini, Japanese convenient store. That is why first raised my eyebrows about this product. It was literally everywhere I went. It was begging me to try it. 

The Shining line provides your hair with body, sheen, and moisture into fine, dry, and even thick hair. The Camellia flower, known in Japan as Tsubaki contains high quality oils that penetrate the hair  giving you lots of shine, moisture, and manageable hair. 

Where to buy in Japan: Drug stores and Konbini stores

Where to buy online: Amazon 

Shiseido Damage Care Shampoo & Conditioner

Since I am a curly girl, I use Shiseido's Damage Care line. It has been my lifesaver here in Japan every time I run out of my stock of curl products I pack with me every time I go back to the States. It is THE ONLY product as of right now, that I trust to put in my hair. It gives me my lots of moisture and it serves as a great leave-in. 

It works great for dry, damaged, and color treated hair. If you have any type of kinky-curly hair, this is the product for you hands down! Don't try anything else. 

Where to buy in Japan: Drug stores

Where to buy online: Amazon 

Yojiya (Oil Blotting Paper)

Yojiya, oil blotting paper, also known as aburatorigami is extremely popular in a Japanese women's beauty arsenal.  Japanese women swear by this. Japanese women use these papers to keep shine free and to preserve their make up especially during long work hours. There are literally hundreds of oil blotting paper brands in Japan.

One of the most popular brands that is also collected a souvenir in Japan is, Yojiya. It is found in Kyoto, Japan. Yojiya blotting papers, to more than just emanate oil, these are infused with hyaluronic acid that plumps the skin, and the sheer powder coating freshens your complexion giving you an even skin tone. 

Yojiya papers are available in three colors: translucent, beige, pink (pearl)

Where to buy: Yojiya stores and major airports  

If you are in the States check out TATCHA aburatorigami papers. 

Shu Umera Eye Lash Curler 

Oh how I want this eyelash curler by Shu Umera, yes, the gold one! My Japanese home girl told me about this product and how obsessed Japanese women are about eyelash curlers, particularly this Shu Umera's since their eyelashes are known to be pretty straight with no curl. Shu Umera is one of Japan's most popular eye lash curler brands. 

According to Shu Umera's website,  Shu Umera's eye lash curler is known to be iconic and one of the best eye lash curlers in the world. It is suitable for all eye shapes, and gives you the optimum curl you need. 

Where to buy in Japan: 

Where to buy online: Shu Umera or Amazon 

Fly Tip: Be careful because their are fakes ones on the market. Click here to find out how to spot a fake. If the price is too good to be true (Ebay) check to see if their is a refund policy. 

Have you tried any of these products? Want a full review on any of these mentioned? Comment below. 

 Be fly and live with purpose! 

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