Saizen (Daiso in Japan) is a popular Japanese store known by many beauty addicts for the much raved charcoal mask. Don’t confuse yourself with other Japanese stores such as Daiso and Japan Home Center because they are not the same, something I have learned after a few visits from the stores mentioned. Saizen is the largest Japanese store I have seen offering more products and far different from what the other Japanese stores offer. All items are priced at 85 pesos ($1.75 - $2) no matter of the size/weight. First time I went to the place, I got excited and quickly looked for the Beauty section and spent most of the time there - I tell you its not easy to find. Most of the items are low-priced with great quality but I found some (really few small items) that should cost a lot cheaper. Maybe they could have made it 2 for 88 pesos, you think? But considering everything else in the store, its nothing. I could have gotten more stuffs that day but time didn't allow it so I just walked away with the following beauty finds:
Charcoal Mask / Masque 80g
I use this as a nose pack and it does a decent job similar to pore strips. You have to put a lot of the product and wait for it to dry before removing it.
Charcoal Soap (Cleansing agent) mixing 120g
(All Component) Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Kernelate, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance, Charcoal Powder, Carbon Black, Vinegar, Bamboo Vinegar, Water, Tetrasodium Edta, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Pentasodium Pentetate, Polyquaternium-7
Face is still suffering from effects of using Cyleina soap that I’m hesitant to try this on me. Heard though that this is a good product for acne and oily skin.
Ellefar Peeling Gel (Massage Pack for Face) 50g
Water, Peg-8, Propylene Glycol, PVP, Glycerin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Triethanolamine, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Citrate, Tartaric Acid, Malic Acid, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Kassou Ekisu, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol
This is my least favorite of all the products I got because it doesn’t work at par with the other peeling gels I’ve tried. I know this is really cheap compared to others but it doesn’t do much so it’s just a waste. If you want a cheap peeling gel that works, go for purederm.
Nose Shadow shadow & highlight 2g
Has few shimmers but not noticeable once applied for contour. I’m actually amazed of the product as it performs well considering its price tag. The pigmentation is lighter than eye shadow /eye brow powders and its not powdery when applied making it a perfect contouring tool. I use this on my fair skin and it looks natural. It’s warm in shade similar to Make Up For Ever Contour palette rather than MAC sculpt and shape (more of cool shade). *I only mean similar when it comes to shade/tone and not to its quality, performance, etc.
Self-Adhesive Magnet 20mm 35pcs
Perfect for the MAC 15 eyeshadow palette – pro palette. Just the right size and thickness for the pan making it fit on the palette. I got a different magnet from another Japanese store and it’s too thick.