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Kira Kira by Japan Crate Review + Coupon – December 2016

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Kira Kira Crate from Japan Crate is a new monthly delivery of beauty products directly from Japan. You’ll receive 6-8 full-size products ranging from fragrant lotions and scrubs to fun cosmetics, face masks, and unique new ways to relax.


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This review is of the Kira Kira Crate, $29.00 a month, box. 


The Subscription Box: Kira Kira Crate

The Cost: $29 a month

Coupon: For a limited time, use code HELLOKIRA and receive a bonus Hello Kitty bag! You’ll receive the corresponding Hello Kitty bag(s) with your first Kira Kira Crate while supplies last.

  •  Month-to-Month: Receive Hello Kitty drawstring pouch
  •  3 Months: Receive XL Hello Kitty zipper bag
  •  6 Months: Receive Hello Kitty travel wallet + XL zipper bag
  •  12 Months: Receive a Makeup case, travel wallet, and zipper bag!

The Products:  6-8 full-size items directly from Japan through a mix of four categories: Daily Care, Cosmetics, Pamper, and Bath & Spa

Ships to: U.S. and International, with the exception of these countries

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The box came with a booklet that described each item and how to use it. The box had 7 items total.


PureSmile Green Tea Face Mask – Value $1.50

I’ve used the PureSmile brand before and one of the things I like is that this feels a little more substantial than other brands. The mask is slightly thicker than some other sheet masks I’ve used which I think helps keep it situated on my face. The green tea scent is really light and refreshing. After 15 minutes, I took the mask off and rubbed the extra product in. This left my skin feeling really moisturized and clean. My only complaint is that sheet masks are readily available in most places now so this wasn’t really a new product for me.


PureSmile YOGRIP Rose & Honey – Value $12.45

This mask is supposed to calm and moisturize your skin. The yogurt and honey combination gives this a consistency reminiscent of gel moisturizer and the rose scent is faint but nice. The directions suggest using two cherry-sized dollops to cover your face but I only needed one – a little bit of this product went a long way. This left my skin feeling really soft and smooth. My skin can be sensitive but this didn’t irritate me at all. And I loved that it had a resealable cap so I could use it multiple times!


Ashirira Sheet Lavender – Value $6.50

I was really curious about this product because I’ve seen advertisements for various footpads and always wondered if they really did anything. These lavender-scented patches are supposed to help with foot pain and remove toxins. I used these overnight and they’re basically little patches that you cover with a large, sticky adhesive square. I don’t really have foot pain so I can’t say if they help with that. The patches definitely stayed in place and I found the lavender scent calming for bedtime. When I removed these in the morning, the patches had turned nearly black! I’ve read a few things online that basically say there’s no way that these are actually pulling toxins out of your body so I’m not sure if this is more of a placebo effect product than an actual detoxifier but it was interesting to try! The adhesive on the patches leaves a residue so you have to wash that off when you remove them.


Ichigo Milk Soap – Value $6.99

This soap is strawberry milk scented. It lathers up well for a hand soap or a body wash. I prefer plain strawberry scents over milky sweet scents so this was a little strong for me. But the scent from the lather isn’t as strong as it is right on the soap so I liked the light lingering scent much more than the initial one.


The soap has a cute little strawberry stamped on it!


Ichigo Milk Bath – Value $5.31

This path powder is the same strawberry milk scent as the soap. The bath powder is slightly dark pink and turns the water the same shade. The strawberry milk scent was strong so if you like the scent, the bath powder and soap have you covered!


Monroe Peach Hand Cream – Value $4.62

The packaging of this lotion seemed odd to me at first and looked really childish so I wasn’t sure what kind of product I was in for. The top of this lotion was sealed tightly so I had to use a safety pin to poke it open. The lotion is slightly greasy at first but rubs in well and drys nicely. I really loved the scent! The peach scent is really strong and sweet. At 2.8 oz, this is a nice sized product to keep in my bag during the winter months when I need hand cream more often.


Dear Laura 9 Colors Lip and Cheek Palette – $16.90

This was another product where I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Upon first glance, this palette looks a little bit like play makeup. Each color can be used for cheek or lips and the consistency is slightly waxy but the color payoff was decent, especially on the darker colors. The quality feels like a tiny step up from a cheaper palette you might buy at a drugstore but still feels a little like play makeup to me.


The compact has a mirror and comes with a lip brush so it’s a nice “on the go” product. That’s how I see myself using this. I don’t wear a ton of makeup during the day so this would be a cool thing to keep on hand for a quick touch up. I like the brighter colors for lips and the lighter colors on the top row have a nice shimmer to them that could translate to decent emergency highlighters. This feels like a cute product to keep in a gym bag or your purse for when you want to add a little color to your look. This lasted well as a cheek color but I had to reapply my lip color often. So I don’t think this will be replacing any of my current makeup but it is a nice thing to have on hand for little touch ups.


The information booklet also included a couple looks you could try with this palette. This was fun to play around with because it’s always fun to try new looks!

Verdict: I estimated the value of each product based on where I could order them online. The total estimation I got to was around $54. That seems a little high to me but we did get a couple really interesting items this time. I liked that they included the multiple use yogurt mask and the foot pads! This box was a little bit hit and miss for me because I don’t love the milk soap scent but I know that is really popular with a lot of people. I think this box is a fun and interesting introduction to some products you maybe haven’t seen before but if you live in a place where you do have access to them, the price of this box maybe isn’t worth it. Overall, this box was enjoyable for me. I loved the lotion and masks. I enjoyed trying the foot pads which were totally different from anything I’ve ever bought before. I was on the fence about the palette and I don’t think it will become a new favorite of mine but it was fun to play around with the looks they suggested. This box broke even for me.

What do you think of Kira Kira Crate?

Written by Sarah Paul

Sarah Paul

Sarah’s first box was Honest Company and she was excited to learn that there are boxes to cover many of her interests which include coffee, sci-fi, books, pop culture, comics, and makeup. She’s currently loving Stars Hollow Monthly and Vegan Cuts, and can’t wait to find more!

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  1. Cutesy packaging is every bit as popular in Japan as it is in Korea. I would expect to see this kind of kitch on the regular in the future; that’s part of the appeal after all! Otherwise Tony Moly would be totally obscure in the US!

  2. I actually love the graphic on the lotion. Very cute!!!

  3. Are all the products supposed to be Japanese? The Monroe peach cream has hangup on the front…

    • Evil auto correct! Hangul, not hangup….

      • Their site does say “beauty products you can only find in Japan every month” and it ships from Japan but there have been a few products in previous boxes from places other than Japan. Japan Crate did just announce that they’re moving their headquarters from San Francisco to Tokyo so I’m curious to see how that will impact the curation of products.

  4. Foot patches that turn black! Interesting… I might have to check it out for the novelty of it 🙂

    • It was definitely interesting! And it made me think about what I put into my body that could cause that to come out of my feet! lol

    • Lol I’ve used it a few years back. Your feet sweat in your sleep I think it reacts to the sodium in your body and turns it black. But still fun to use.

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