Saturday, January 28, 2017

DHC Japan Beauty Haul

DHC is one Japan's No. 1 skincare companies and I just knew before I even started planning my Japan trip that I needed to come home with something from their range. The historic vision behind DHC is rooted in the beneficial properties of virgin olive oil. Found to be one of nature's finest ingredients for helping to achieve and maintain healthy, younger-looking skin, olive oil became the foundation for DHC's full range of skin-gentle products. I only had 10 minutes in a DHC, right next door to the famous Shibuya Crossing (I'll pop the address at the bottom of this post), so it was a scramble trying to find what the must-haves were amongst the chaos of the smallest shop ever in one of the busiest parts of the city (it reminded me of the LUSH London Waterloo station if any of you are familiar with it!) So, the first thing that was a simple, easy purchase was the Deep Cleansing Oil in an Alice in Wonderland exclusive print. This product is a cult-classic anyway and so it was on my list of things to get, so when I spotted this exclusive Disney design, I just had to get it! I haven't actually tried it yet because I got a lot of Japanese skincare products and I'm currently just making my way through everything. But I'm really excited to try this because it's so raved about. If you're after the exact design I see Yes To Style stock it for around the same price I paid, £10, so I'd highly recommend buying it here as they stock so many amazing Japanese and Asian beauty products.

I believe this oil based cleanser turns into a milky solution once applied to the skin and I really hope it works for me. Would you like a review? If so, please let me know! Apparently, one is sold every 10 seconds worldwide which is just incredible to think about! The next purchase was totally spare of the moment because I actually suffered terrible jet lag whilst away, really the whole of my trip, and just couldn't sleep which is so unlike me. I picked up this 'Sleep Time Aroma Mist' just because I was desperate. It sort of worked, to make me feel relaxed at least, but I don't think it's a miracle cure unfortunately. I haven't used it much since I've been back in the UK because I normally sleep so well but I'll try it out soon and let you know.

My final purchase was a the DHC Milk Soap in a Winne the Pooh design. I actually found this in a drugstore but for the sake of categorising everything together, I'm popping it in here! I had to ask the sale assistants about 3 times if this really was designed as a facial soap because it looks like plastic soap! Because I travel a lot with just hand luggage I thought this would be so handy to travel with a non-liquid product and something had a little tin to protect it, and then other products longer term. I haven't tried it just yet, but it apparently has olive oil and honey to keep the skin hydrated so hopefully that means it won't dry my skin out. I'm intrigued to see how this works and it was so affordable so I'll let you know!

And so there is my mini DHC Haul (I also got samples of the purchases I've made so they will be fantastic for one night stays away!). I'm slowly making my way through my Japanese hauls one by one. To catch up, I have an Etude House haul right here, and I'll soon have a drugstore haul up! I also have a stationery haul right here and I'm working on a general souvenirs one and one for clothing. Truly, Japan is a beauty and general shopping haven and I'm so in love with all my purchases! I hope you enjoyed this one and if you want to see a review on anything above in more detail please let me know. How many of you love DHC, do you recommend anything else I should try? Please let me know!

DHC Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan address:  

Japan, 〒150-0002 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Shibuya, 1 Chome−24, 渋谷1-24-15 (this will take you directly to Google Maps)

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Japanese Stationery Haul

Japan is a shopping paradise. Whether you adore magazines, comic, fabric, clothes, jewellery, phone accessories, makeup and of course stationery Japan has it all. And of course if you do love cute stationery like me, it's a total paradise and I have truly only touched the surface of what you can find.

Before I went to Japan I was actually overwhelming myself with things I've had on my wishlist for the longest time that I've seen on blogs and online in general but in the end I just decided to get things I fell in love with when I was there.
I actually did most of my shopping in the hotel as I stayed at a few Crowne Plaza hotels where most had an amazing shop inside. To me delight one of the hotels I stayed at in Kyoto had a shop full of the cutest stationery bits and to be honest most of my purchases are from there.   
There were a lot of lovely postcard sets and as I often send parcels to friends or for work I thought it would be something I could actually use although I'm going to have to force to because they are almost too pretty to use although this is a running theme here!

So the two sets of postcards I picked up is this sweet vintage bunny set and then below this a very traditional Japanese set of cards with gorgeous illustrative detail.


Sometimes you just want to send a little note to someone- a little thank you or similar- and this set of Hello Kitty cards and envelopes are perfect for that! I actually picked these up at Family Mart would you believe which is a Japanese supermarket. Proof you can find cuteness everywhere in Japan.
I picked up this gorgeous traditional bookmark in Kyoto beside a temple and I'm so in love with it. This is forever going to remind me of my special trip and it's proudly used now in my Japanese textbook and it motivates me to keep going!
I of course had to pick up some novelty rubbers because umm.....when in Japan! Am I going to use them? Probably not....but will they be displayed in some way? Absolutely! They were calling me and I couldn't say no!
These sweetest notelets are a free gift from a souvenir shop in Kyoto. They were so, so kind! I'm so in love with them! I think they are for pages in books and again I'll be using them with my Japanese study books for sure.
One of the last things I picked up was a thick card notepad with gorgeous vintage illustrations. This is just so me and I'm madly in love with the gorgeous designs and the outfits. If I had to pick a favourite purchase I think this would be it! Now this is something I'm going to struggle to use because it is just so very pretty. I might potentially keep it as a sweet memory but I'm not sure yet.
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I hope you like the little stationery bits I picked up! What one is your favourite? Are you a Japanese stationery fan? If you have anything I must pick up do let me know because I'm so excited to be heading back this May and June and I feel far more content with what is available now!

Many more Japan posts will be coming soon but meanwhile I've made a playlist on Youtube with my Japan vlogs if you'd like to follow my adventures!

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