Asian beauty junkies would know that Japan is the place to go for makeup and skincare products (right up there with South Korea!) If you're thinking of replenishing your stash, your first instinct would probably be to head straight to the holy grail haunts like Ainz & Tulpe, Don Quijote, or Matsumoto Kiyoshi. But did you know that you can also find hidden gems peppered throughout their many konbini or convenience stores?
Below, we have listed some of the best affordable finds in Japanese convenience stores. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these products!
Hada Labo Gokujyun Hydrating Lotion
This cult-favorite face lotion has cemented its place in the bathroom counters (and hearts) of all those who have tried it. It promises to give you that enviable glass skin look—its formula is loaded with four types of hyaluronic acid!ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara Super Waterproof
Open up your peepers with this highly-rated mascara! It'll keep even the straightest of lashes curled with just a few coats. Plus, it stays put even in our hot and rainy weather!
Bifesta Eye Makeup Remover
If you need a heavy-duty but gentle makeup remover, try this one from Bifesta. It wipes through waterproof makeup like it's nothing! It also contains Vitamin B and E that are both gentle on the lids, lashes, and lips.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Senka Perfect Whip
You've probably heard the good news that this hard-to-get, internet-famous facial wash is finally available in our country. But in Japan, this cleanser is a dime a dozen and can be found in most convenience stores. You have to take advantage of the low prices and stock up while you're there! The Senka Perfect Whip has silk cocoon essence and hyaluronic acid that will nourish your skin and leave it feeling moisturized. It also removes the dirt and excess sebum on your face.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Nivea Sun Protect Super Water Gel SPF 50 PA+++
No one knows how to make sunscreen better than the Japanese, as sun protection is a top priority for them. There are a ton of options available, but a good place to start would be the Super Water Gel from Nivea. It has a gel-type formula that won't feel greasy upon application, making it the perfect companion in Japan's (and the Philippines' as well) sunny weather. It's also infused with plant essences and hyaluronic acid to keep your skin moisturized and nourished.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Sekkisui White Facial Cleansing Cream
If it just so happens that you forgot your cleanser back in the Philippines, the Sekkisui White Facial Cleansing Cream will work in a pinch! This gentle and creamy facial wash will leave your skin soft and free from dirt.
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
Mascaras and eyelash curlers go together just like bread and butter. If you've got the previously mentioned Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara, pair it with the MUA-approved Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler to hold that curl for the entire day! This curler perfectly fits the contour of Asian lids and prevents lashes from drooping down after a few hours—something Asian lashes are notoriously known for.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.