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A Guide to Shopping for Japanese Cosmetics

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I get a crumb load of questions asking me how to shop for Japanese Cosmetics.

Where can I buy Japanese Cosmetics?
How much do they cost?
Any online shops I can buy them from?
Where do you get your Japanese Cosmetics?

I was going to do this post a very long time ago but I just never really had the chance and it was long forgotten on the bottom of my draft pile of blog entries that never got posted!

I’ve tweaked it a bit and rewrote most of it so here it is in all it’s glory!

First of all many Japanese brands are unavailable within the US, UK, and Europe in general. I’ve discussed a few various brands available in a few countries such as Korea, Japan, etc…this particular post will be a guide for purchasing Japanese Cosmetics but in a future post I may cover a few other countries.

If you’re purchasing Japanese Cosmetics online you’ll have to educate yourself a bit on prices and also arm yourself with a few tools.

My first suggestion is install a Chinese and Japanese Language Pack for your browser so you can view various Japanese Websites and get prices on various items prior to purchasing. Downloading and installing these packs will also unable you to copy the text and paste it into a translation tool which helps when trying to figure out what is going on at certain sites.

Click here to download the Japanese Language Pack

Click here to download the Chinese Language Pack

Note: For viewing Taiwanese, Hong Kong, and a few select Chinese sites you may need to install the Traditional Chinese Language Pack as these countries, cultures, and regions use a traditional, more complex form of character than other sites.

I’ve actually found that it doesn’t matter too much which Language Pack you choose however I have all three installed as I find it does make it a tiny bit easier during the tedious translation process!

The reason I recommend this is because most online shops charge anywhere from $5 USD all the way up to $12 USD on top of retail prices. Prices are a good deal higher online then if you happened into a drugstore in Japan and purchased the item yourself!

I almost always pay retail for my Japanese Cosmetics because I have some sincerely beautiful, wonderful friends that live in Japan and do shopping for me. However, on occasion, I am forced to buy items online. In cases like this I want to be sure that I am getting the best deal possible so I do alot of homework prior to purchasing items.

You should also keep in mind that many drugstores in Japan discount various items 25-30% which means the retail prices online do not reflect the discount.

Example:

T’estimo Palettes are shown on the Kanebo website at the price of $30 USD or so however upon purchasing one in a drugstore in Japan the actually cost would be $20 USD or so due to the drugstore discount.

This means it’s an open market for online sellers to charge you $30 and upwards for a palette they paid $20 USD or so for.

Currently, the Yen is very, very strong so you might want to Google around a bit and see if you can locate any Taiwanese shops that sell Japanese Cosmetics as the cost is a bit lower.

I highly recommend JPmon which is located within Taiwan. I’ve done a “how to order” from JPMon on another tutorial page you can find that article by clicking here and here. You’ll be happy to know that the prices measure up pretty nicely with what you’d see on Japanese sites however not the discount you’d get within a Japanese drugstore as mentioned above!

I’ve ordered from JPmon many, many times and I’ve always been very pleased with their services so I highly recommend purchasing from them! If you have a few online friends or friends in general into cosmetics doing a bit of “spree” with friends can cut shipping costs and each of you can split the total cost of shipping which always helps!

Another important tool you’ll need is a currency convertor. This is especially helpful for converting Yen to your currency of choice. This is good tool to have when you’re browsing various Japanese websites and looking at prices to see what the original cost of an item is versus what the online shop you’re buying from is charging. I use XE for conversions. It’s not the best convertor in the world but it does an ok job and is off a few cents at most.

Click here to bookmark XE.

Finally the last tool you’ll need is a translator. This is especially helpful for figuring out what certain items are for, what the details are for an item, etc…

Babel Fish does an ok job with translations but definately not word for word as the language is so complex that “literally” translating it into English (or your language of choice) doesn’t always mean you’ll understand exactly what is going on!

Click here to bookmark Babel Fish.

Babel Fish is especially useful as it translates both simplified and traditional Chinese plus Japanese as well!

I don’t use Babel Fish as much as I do a simple add on for Firefox entitled Translator. It works a treat and makes translating full websites a snap!

You can download this extension by clicking here!

Not many shops online sell Japanese Cosmetics but there are a few that I’ve used in the past and have had great experiences and success with!

Those sites are, as follows:

  • www.adambeauty.com
  • www.bobodave.com
  • www.facial-shop.com
  • www.ichibankao.com
  • www.jpmon.com
  • www.gooddealer.com
  • sh1.yahoo.edyna.com/hijapan (I’m sorry but I do not have a tutorial for ordering from Hi Japan but maybe I’ll do one in the future!)

The best possible prices are located at Adam Beauty and JPMon in my humble opinion and Facial Shop also has some incredible deals as well!

Other places you might see Japanese Cosmetics from would be E-bay. E-bay has many sellers that sell various Japanese Cosmetics. I find asking for a deal on shipping, asking for lower prices, etc..sometimes works with E-bay sellers. Remember to be courtesy when asking and reasonable. If something is marked as $39.99 USD and they want $9.99 shipping don’t go and ask them to give it to you for $20 with Free Shipping. I think you understand my point?

I also find that dealing with the same E-bay Seller over and over again makes the chances of scoring a deal from them easier!

Please keep in mind prior to purchasing cosmetics that freshness is important! I find in some cases some online shops do sell older items. This is particular true of BoboDave on occasion and Hi Japan. The good thing about this is that some items, such as LE, are still available from these shops but the bad thing is the product is older. Keep that in mind prior to making your purchase! This is one reason I do not shop at Strawberry.net. Items are awfully old and beyond shelf date!

Below is a list of links for various Japanese Brands that I adore (I’m sure I left a few out!):

I think I pretty much covered everything you need to know about ordering Japanese Cosmetics. If you need any help do comment and I’ll happily help in anyway I can!

Good Luck and Happy Shopping!

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Ready To Wear Couture Finish Powder and Bronzer

I came across this interesting powder and bronzer while browsing around HSN.

For some reason or another the shape of the compact and the large brush really appeal to me! I wish a posher cosmetic company put out something similar because I’m not sure how much I trust a HSN house brand but I’d say the general concept sounds interest and the price isn’t too crazy that you’ll kick yourself if it sucks after trying it out!

Hmmm….

Ready To Wear Couture Finish Powder as seen on HSN
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Ready To Wear Couture Finish Bronzer as seen on HSN
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The Weekend Beauty Shopper Steals and Deals!

It’s the weekend! Time for some Steals and Deals!

Check out Skindazzles Clearance Section this Weekend for some great deals on all sorts of lovely goodies!

Head on over to Victoria’s Secrets to do a little online shopping and saving!

$15 off $100
$30 off $150
$75 off $250
$150 off $500
Use coupon code VSHOP

Snatch yourself some great buys at Sephora!
Mini Kabuki Brush for $2.10
Mini French Manicure $2

Don’t forget your IT Bag if you spend $25 or more! Coupon code ITBAG

Have a great weekend!
Happy Shopping!

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Appeasing Your Hunger for Japanese Cosmetics Part 1: An Introduction

‘ello girlies (and guys)!

I had quite a few questions in regards to “OH MY GOD WHERE CAN I GET JAPANESE COSMETICS!!!!!!!?”

The Muse has some gorgeous friends in her life that do her shopping for her! Without these lovely people in her life she’d be quite remiss of Japanese goodies in her train case! My god the HORROR! *insert scared, terrified looking face here*

Sometimes busy schedules also means that they are unable to get me my little bits and ship them over icon sad (I say “little bits” so it makes me appear less obsessed than I actually I am teehee!)

When these horrible things occur the Muse must search, search, search for alternative ways of locating her Japanese crack…errr…I mean Japanese cosmetics!

Our very own, gorgeous Fleck has some great hints, tips, and general tricks for obtaining what she wants! She’s passed some great ideas off to the Muse about where to locate good cosmetics to satisfy her lemmings! Do visit her reviews on MUA! They are my bible when purchasing!

The Muse also has her own toolbox of locating interesting little bits and pieces to appease the insatiable hunger for Japanese cosmetics!

Finding decently priced Japanese cosmetics is a difficult job my friends but with a little hard work you can find somewhat good priced deals here and there icon wink

This will entry will be in several parts which will also include a video blog to go along with it! I hope it helps satisfy your lemmings for great cosmetics!

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Halloween Arrives Early at Cherriflip

Cherriflip has sent out it’s monthly newsletter with it’s new Halloween goodies and the Muse is getting quite a case of the excited wriggles!

The goodies available for Halloween are 4 new bubble bars and 7 new gorgeous scents that you can have in any number of bath goodies, shower gels, perfumes, etc..!

One of the bubble bars entitled Blue Meanie is cute and sweet but it’s also a contest! One of the bars was made wth orange eyes and if you happen to get that bubble bar in your order (these are randomly selected) you could win your entire purchase free of charge! Yay how exciting!

Some of the new Halloween Themed Bubble Bars:

bluemeanie

bubpumpkin

bubhowl

bubabra

If you are unfamiliar with bubble bars I’ll explain icon wink Bubble Bars are a solid form of bubble bath! You take these very cute bars and crumble them under warm running water while your bath fills! Swish your hand around a bit and you get masses of lovely bubbles in your tub! Not only do they smell amazing but they moisturize wonderfully!

The New Halloween Scent List:

Screaming Banshee: You will be screaming with delight with this divine salty yet sweet caramel ice cream scent. Hints of soft toasted peanuts, rich vanilla, and sugary sweet caramel ice cream make this the ultimate decadent sweet treat.

Spooky Juice: Bright and crisp concoction of fresh guava, airy cucumber and soft pear. Spooky juice is a refreshing light treat.

Dark Enchantment: A bewitching sophisticated blend of deep black amber and vanilla bean blended with lavender. Dark enchantment is a deliciously addictive scent.

Voodoo Doll: Wickedly wild and refreshing wasabi sniff. Walk on the wild side with a little wasabi voodoo!

Taboo: warm caramel cream with just a touch of cocoa and vanilla meringue, and a hint of praline essence

BOOkies: Sweet caramel pumpkin cream essence infused in a warm cookie crumble base.

The Vanishing: A delicious banana blended with ripe, fresh fruit mallow cream. Fresh banana slowly vanishes to reveal light berries, citrus and marshmallow cream. This is one disappearing act you don’t want to miss.

The Muse would love to place an order but first she must firgure out the riddle that Cherriflip has teasingly put in their newsletter:

My life can be measured in hours,
I serve by being devoured.
Thin, I am quick
Fat, I am slow
Wind is my foe.
What am I?

If I can firgure it out I’ll receive an extra 15% off my entire order! Any ideas? I’m stuck icon wink If you do happen to firgure out the one word answer you can use that word in the coupon box to get the discount off your order!

Cherriflip is one of my favorite online shops for not only wonderful Bath Goodies and Bodycare but cosmetics as well! Do check out the entire Halloween line up!

Happy Haunting..err..I mean Shopping!

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