I don't/didn't order from Sasa.com often as
a) their variety didn't appeal to me that much
b) their prices were ridiculous on some items (like US$25 or so for a Kate palette...hello?) and
c) they either declare no value on my parcels which delays them so much as customs have to ask for a proof of value or they write a high value and I end up paying a lot of tax.
Anyways, recently they got more interesting items and lowered their prices on many items considerably so they're now a really fantastic source to purchase many pretty Japanese (and/or Korean) drugstore goodies.
Also since their shipping is free (or a flat rate if you are under US$75 or use EMS service) I like ordering heavy body and hair care items!
I placed my order on January 3rd and my EMS parcel was sent on Monday (5th) so it arrived really super duper fast here. I ended up paying customs as usual (at least this time they declared the actual value correctly) so I always consider my Sasa orders well and order rather more than less to make it more worthwhile (also since I upgrade to EMS which is a flat rate of US$25 I ordered more).
I ended up getting a nice bunch of stuff:
-The highlight is the Hisamitsu Lifecella Moisturizing Special Set...it offers you 16 face masks and 2 face soaps and also came with a pack of 20 cotton squares. I ordered 2 kits as 1 is for my mom who is currently really busy with work so this will make a nice relaxing gift for her.
The kit contains 5 Hyaluronic Acid Essence Sheet Masks, 5 Trehalose Essence Sheet Masks, 5 Ceramide Essence Sheet Masks, 2 Moisturizing Mask Orange Facial Soaps and a Milky Lotion CoQ10 Squalane Sheet Mask.
The kit comes boxed and costs US$21.
Hisamitsu also offers an eye mask set which I wanted but it was OOS when I placed my order =( It's now back in stock though!
-Another item I wanted for long time now is the Nexcare Hair Turban. It's made of microfiber fabric which supposedly dries you hair 10 times faster than regular cotton so your hair should be dry in about 10-15 minutes. I have to try this yet but I really like its shape and that it's closed by a button so the turban will stay on my head instead of slipping down all the time like regular towels do.
-Kose Asience Moisture Balance Shampoo for normal-oily hair... I normally opt for rich shampoos but they can be too much for me so I decided to get this to wash my hair once a week with this instead of my richer stuff
-B&C La France Pear Lip Cream... I have the apple which is quite nice and had the Pear on my wishlist for long time now. Finally I ordered it and it smells lovely (like buttered pear). Will see how this performs!
-Another interesting item I wanted to try out were the Dariya Magic Hair Sheets. They're just 2 flat pieces of velcro you can use in the front of your head to keep your hair back while doing makeup etc. They actually really work fantastically and they're not bending your hair like hair clips do. I prefer them over any head bands now as they don't hurt behind my ears and don't slip back like most head bands tend to do on me.
I got the black ones but there are also pink and blue ones. A pack of 2 costs only US$2.40. I am definitely stocking up on these in my next Sasa order.
-I got 3 Kokuryudo Privacy Lip Glosses in Cashmere Beige, Cherry Pink and Raspberry Jam. Cashmere Beige and Cherry Pink look really pretty, however the swatch of Raspberry Jam was obviously off as it turned out to be an orange-red (it's still pretty but rather warm for my liking)
I paid US$5.40/each
-Even though the eyeshadows from Kose Fasio all failed completely for me I decided to get 2 of their newest palettes as they looked pretty and were cheap and who knows, they might have improved their texture!
I got the Zooming Eyes in A-9 (the pink/gray trio) and the Double Dazzling Eyes in C-2 (neutrals). From just swatching them a little I have to say the Double Dazzling Eyes seems to be pretty good. The Zooming Eyes seems very sheer but the colors are pretty. It might turn out nice on my eyes.
I paid US$10.30 for the Zooming Eyes and US$13.90 for the Double Dazzling Eyes.
-Kose Salon Style Hair Repair Serum, US$6.20
-Shiseido Ma Cherie Perfect Conditioner, US$6.50
-Shiseido Ma Cherie End Cure Milk, US$8.30. This is designed specially for the dry hair ends. I am curious how this'll be.
-Shiseido Ag+ Deodorant Powder Spray (Baby Powder scent), US$4.10
-3 packs of Sasa Eyebrow razors (US$0.80/each duo pack)
-I received a free Sasa eyebrow scissors & comb set and a nail file. The scissors and comb set is quite nice and practical. I just recently wanted to buy new scissors and they were like €14 in the drugstore here!
I did also receive a couple of items I purchased on eBay over a month ago so I thought the package was lost. However it turned out that the seller didn't have stock of one of the items so he sent my package just a day before Xmas =X
-Kose Clear Turn Hyaluronic Acid sheet mask dispenser box (22 pieces). These are definitely much drier and cheaper than regular sheet masks but they're nice if you're in a rush and just want to give your skin a quick moisture kick for 5 mins or so. For a relaxing deeper moisturizing experience I definitely prefer the single packets of sheet masks.
-DHC Rose Beauty Gel Foundation Q10. This is a lightweight sheer foundation. I picked color 00 which looks really dark in the tub but blends in to a much lighter very suitable color (on my arm at least). I will have to try this on my face and will review later.
Yesterday I also got a skincare haul (eBay seller alphabeautyuk):
-Hisamitsu Lifecella Collagen Eye Masks (these are tinted light blue!)
-Tabinoyado aBath soaks Akita (4 piece box). I believe none of the 2 deluxe sets contains the Akita soaks!
-Kose Clear Turn Eye Zone Mask Q10 (soft pack contains 18 pairs)... These are rather dry so only good for about 5 minutes before I had to take them off... Didn't feel much moisture honestly
-Kose Softymo Airy Whip face cleanser. this is a very dense mousse-like face cleanser. Really nice stuff!
-Kanebo Kracie Naive Cleansing Oil. This stuff is really nice, will review when I tried it more
-Shiseido Aqualabel Moist Cleansing Oil (seems currently I am crazy for cleansing oils! Though in my defense, I got this to give as a gift, not for myself)
-5 Kose Happy Bath Day Bath Tablets (I like these better than the Bath Powders as the rose scent is somehow softer!)
More detailed reviews of most stuff will follow later.
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