Don't worry though - there is a place you can get cute and functional beauty supplies for next to nothing. It might be a place that you've never considered for beauty products before, but don't go running away and closing out of the article just yet - stick with me here! You can find awesome products that will keep you looking your beautiful self at the 100 yen store. Here's some of what you can find there, and the quality is surprisingly legit!
These are great little lip glosses, in both clear and colored shades. The clear is great for everyday wear, and the juicy pink is just the right pop of color without being too much. They are all made in Japan, too!
Have you seen the original beauty blenders? They generated quite a bit of hype when they were first released - but I balk at a price point of $20 US for something to blend my makeup!
Enter Daiso to save the day with this awesome dupe. I can vouch for these as I use mine daily, and it's held up super well - yes, it is a 200 yen product instead of 100 yen but it's worth every bit of that. And I know they're not pink, but they definitely do the job functionality wise!
I haven't tried these ones myself, but I'm judging that they are pretty popular given the fact that they were out of three colors in the range! If you were to pick up one cream eye shadow at Shu Uemura in Omotesando, it would be ¥2800 - and that's not including the 8% sales tax! 100 yen sounds like a pretty nice price point in comparison, doesn't it?
Ever had your mascara go a bit gluggy, and you've had to throw it out before it expired? Well, Daiso has mascara reviver - add a drop or two to your existing tube of mascara and give it a little mix around, and voilà - you've saved yourself some money and haven't wasted anything!
Eyebrow and Eyeliner pencils
Daiso (and most 100 yen stores) will stock eyebrow and eyeliner pencils too - with multiple shades as well. If you compare this to an eyebrow pencil from MAC Japan at ¥2592 then this is a steal!
All manner of makeup applicator puffs
I mentioned the beauty blender dupe above, but Daiso and other 100 yen stores also stock tons of makeup applicator puffs (and loads of brushes, too!)
One of my favorite beauty buys in Japan are their awesome sheet masks - they really help with rehydrating your skin if it's a bit dry, and they're a quick pick me up if your skin is looking dull. At other stores, face masks like these can run you from 350-500 yen, so it's nice to be able to get a bit of a budget reprieve with these ones. They have all manner of types, and make great souvenirs for friends or family back home.
And just a few more!
Personally, I think the best masks for souvenirs would have to be the sakura in the picture above, and the matcha from this picture (although black pearl sounds super luxe, and horse oil sounds rather quirky, right?!)
Foot and Hand Masks
Toe Separators for pedicures
Another fun one for girls nights, or DIY pedicures at home - these super cute toe separators! Daiso also offers a range of other nail related products - polishes, nail files, buffers, hand lotions and more. You can buy everything you need for multiple mani-pedis for the equivalent of $5!
DIY Facelift Products
We all age - it's one of those facts of life that sometimes would be nice to avoid, but it happens. If you want a bit of a pick me up, Daiso sells these Face Liftup Tapes and under eye refreshers. The face liftup tape in particular says it helps in lifting the face line, cheeks, and corners of the eyes for a refreshed appearance. Whatever works, right?
Oil blotting papers
Peeling Face Masks
Super cute cosmetics bags
You've got to have somewhere to store all those bargain buys - and 100 yen stores are great places to look for cosmetic bags. Personally, I love the clear vinyl pouches because it's easy to see everything inside (and they're also great for plane travel if anything is getting checked through the customs/immigration process). Definitely check out what they have if you're in the market for a new cosmetic bag!
The wonderful thing about 100 yen stores is that you could basically pick up one of each of the items I've shown you here in my article for the price of a single product at a high end beauty store. The products at a place like Daiso may only cost you 100 yen - and you may be dubious about the quality of some of them because they're so inexpensive. But start with a couple of items - I think you'll be pleasantly surprised (and likely be back for more!)