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Kira Kira Crate by Japan Crate Review + Coupon – August 2017

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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 + free U.S. shipping. Save with 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions.

COUPON: Use code MSA3 to save $3 off your first Japan Crate Premium, Doki Doki Crate, Umai Crate, or Kira Kira Crate

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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Kira Kira Crate always comes with a booklet that describes each item and how to use it. That’s super helpful since some of the items don’t have English directions.

Pure Smile Milky Essence Mask in Rose – Value $1.50? (linked to similar)

Another month, another Pure Smile Mask. This time I got the Milky Essence line with Rose. This mask is supposed to help with dry, flaky skin. They were not kidding about it being “milky”. That’s the perfect way to describe the essence on this mask. It does actually have a light, powdery rose scent. I kept it on for 15 minutes and afterward my face felt dewy and soft, much like the petals of a rose!

Coupy Design Paper Blush in Orange

This type of blush is super new to me. It reminds me of blotting papers since it comes in single serving sheets. The directions say to press it on your cheeks, then rub your finger over it to transfer. The more pressure, the darker it will come off. I had more luck by simply wrapping it around my first two fingers and brushing it against my cheeks. Pressure definitely makes a difference, but you can build it up if you need more pigment. At first, I thought the orange would be horrible on me, but I started to like it the more I looked at it. It’s kinda peachy. The only bummer about these is that I feel like one sheet has way more than one application on it, but I can’t see myself keeping half-used blush papers on hand to use at a later date.

Fine Heat in Black Currant and Citrus

It’s unclear to me what these little bath pills actually do. “Fine Heat” made me think that they were like those packets you can buy when you’re out in the cold that heat up when you open them. I assumed that these somehow create a heat when they come in contact with water. Is that possible? It’s 2017 and I feel like that doesn’t sound too crazy, right? I plopped these into some water and there was not much difference with your average bath-bomb sort of situation. They fizzle a lot and smell super perfumey, but didn’t feel warm at all. They also dye the water, and in turn, your skin a bit (though temporary). The booklet says that “ginger and sodium sulfate combine for a penetrating, warming bath that soothes aching muscles”, but you’re adding this to a bath tub of hot water, to begin with. I did some poking around online and found a similar product that said: “This product is not intended to reproduce the hot water of the hot spring”. So, I think this is just supposed to mimic the benefits of a hot spring? Meh.

Fruit Popsicle Shower Gel in Pineapple

This shower gel has a really fruity pineapple scent and can also be used as a bubble bath. The booklet suggests taking it on a trip, which is a great idea seeing as though it’s in a nice small container already. I wonder if the strawberry and kiwi scents smell just as good?

Timotei Organic Silicone-free Shampoo and Conditioner

I’m always trying to find new shampoos for my super fine hair. Most products make it too greasy or too dry. I tried these samples out and they were alright but didn’t make me fall in love. My hair didn’t feel overly hydrated or silky the next day, so I’ll probably stick with what I’ve already been using.

Organic Facial Mitt

Ask my best friend and she’ll tell you that I love scrubbing the dickens out of my face. It always worried her, but there’s no feeling like a good facial scrub. This little mitt isn’t particularly cushiony like I thought it’d be, but one side is definitely thicker than the other. It definitely exfoliated my skin as I used it with my current cleanser in the shower.


Fairy Dust Nail Dip Powder: Aurora Aqua

Unfortunately, this nail dip trend is a bit lost on me since I use gel nail polish and only get mine done at the salon. Years ago, I used to repaint my natural nails weekly with a group of girlfriends, but a few have since moved away, and I started getting acrylics. The powder included here is SUPER fine and really shimmery, although you can’t tell by the photos. Since it is so fine, I was able to apply it to the top of my finished nails to show what it would look like. I’ll probably pass this on to someone who can use it more than me.

Verdict: Kira Kira Crate was a bit of a bust for me this month. I ended up really liking the blush sheets, but aside from the facial mitt, the other things didn’t really excite me. The cost of this subscription is $29 per month but the items didn’t really add up to that on a personal level for me, and it was hard to find almost all of the items online to get true values. Looking back at past months though, I feel like the future still has some good things to come!

What do you think of the August Kira Kira Crate?

Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a stationery addict, lip product connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. Her favorite subscriptions contain office supplies, anything kawaii, and all things food. She is also proudly the unofficial “Meat Editor” of My Subscription Addiction.

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  1. Marne do you know if I were to subscribe today if this would be my first box?

  2. Just ripe the paper in half along the crease leave the unused half in the package. I hate wasting stuff too

    • Oh, that’s a good call!

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