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Kira Kira Crate by Japan Crate Review + Coupon – January 2018

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Kira Kira Crate from Japan Crate is a 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 ways to relax.

Kira Kira Crate box open

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Kira Kira Crate January 2018 review

About Kira Kira Crate

The Subscription Box: Kira Kira Crate

The Cost: $29 a month + free U.S. shipping 

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

Kira Kira Crate January 2018 Review

Kira Kira Crate pamphlet cover

Kira Kira Crate pamphlet social media

Kira Kira Crate pamphlet

Kira Kira Crate pamphlet inside

Kira Kira Crate always comes with a booklet that describes all the items and how to use them, which is great because the majority of the packaging is written in Japanese! There’s also always a short makeup tutorial, and they feature customer photos that use the hashtag #kirakiracrate to share on social media. The theme for this box is Year of the Dog, which is so exciting to me because I absolutely love dogs and am hoping to add one to my family this year. So, if your New Years’ goals include “pet all the dogs,” as mine do, please read on and enjoy the contents of this box!

Malibu Beauty Eye Color Palette 04 front

Malibu Beauty Eye Color Palette 04 back

Malibu Beauty Eye Color Palette 04 open

swatches of Malibu Beauty Eye Color Palette 04

Malibu Beauty Eye Color Palette 04

Since this box was mostly full of pampering items, I was glad only single makeup item was this eight-color palette. I love the colors, and the formula is really smooth. I don’t usually wear darker colors, but I like the two darkest shades in this one and will use a brush to apply them to the crease of my eye for sort of a laid-back, slightly smoky look. This brand is new to me, and this was a great introduction. 

FukuFuku Yu Dog Bath Salt

FukuFuku Yu Dog Bath Salt

FukuFuku Yu Dog Bath Salt

FukuFuku Yu Dog Bath Salt

How cute are these bath salts? The pamphlet says that this package – decorated with a shiba inu – also serves as a good luck charm. These are really interesting because I expected them to be crystals, more like Epsom salts, but they’re a finely ground, brightly-colored powder. They smell really sweet and fruity – they’re supposed to be apricot-scented, and I definitely sense apricot, but with a pleasing, almost-tropical edge.

New Year’s Dog Decoration Soap

New Year’s Dog Decoration Soap

New Year’s Dog Decoration Soap

New Year’s Dog Decoration Soap

New Year’s Dog Decoration Soap

These products keep getting cuter and cuter! This li’l guy would be the sweetest addition to a guest bath for all your friends to “Ooh and aah” over. I had wayyyy too much fun decorating this with the little stickers, and it smells so good! It’s not quite floral, not quite clean – just a pleasing, cotton-y, soap-y scent. 

Dog Face Mask

Dog Face Mask

Dog Face Mask

Dog Face Mask

I love animal sheet masks like this one. They’re usually equal parts luxurious and horrifying to look at, and seeing myself in them always cracks me up. This sheet mask has collagen and Vitamin E to really nourish my skin, and I’ll take all the vitamins I can get as I try to survive a particularly freezing, dry winter in Pennsylvania.  

Bath Salt & Sponge Set

Bath Salt & Sponge Set

Bath Salt & Sponge Set

Bath Salt & Sponge Set

I loved that there were so many bath salts in this box. I’m more of a bath bomb kind of person (seriously, the addiction is real), but I was really excited to have the chance to branch out a bit more and try this set. The little sponge is SO adorable – it’s shaped almost like a gummy bear. These salts are grape-scented, which sounds weird but totally works.

Steam Face Mask Towel

Steam Face Mask Towel

Steam Face Mask Towel

Steam Face Mask Towel

A face mask you can put in the microwave? Yes, please! (Full disclosure: I meticulously cleaned my microwave before using this, just to make sure I wasn’t accidentally giving myself a “reheated-leftovers” facial.) This mask is nice and versatile because after it’s been dampened, it can either be microwaved or put in the fridge or freezer. It didn’t have much of a smell, but it felt so good on my face after I heated it up.

Verdict: This was a little goodie box of spa-like pampering for me! I loved trying out bath salts for the first time in a long time, and everything was really cute without being too precious. All the items were really useful, and the makeup item, the Malibu palette, really seemed like an extra value because it has eight colors for me to play with. I really enjoyed these items and their presence reminded me that especially in winter, self-care is absolutely everything.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Unfortunately, no. You must sign up by the end of each month to receive the following month’s box. Sign up today to receive February as your first box.

From Kira Kira’s FAQ:

Orders close at 11:59pm PST on the last day of the month. Any orders placed after then will be dated as the 1st of the following month.

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

Value Breakdown: At $29 for this box, you are paying about $4.83 for each item.

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Written by Laine Wooliscroft

Laine Wooliscroft

Laine is a life-long movie nut who loves YA novels, wine, and her cat. Her subscription journey started in 2014 with Birchbox and ipsy, and now her favorite boxes contain bath bombs, food, and items relating to her most-beloved fandoms.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Great review! I feel so motivated to subscribe. Can I trouble you to measure the box? I’m wondering if it’ll fit in my mailbox.

  2. Cute! I’m loving this year of the dog 🐶

    • Me too! I think it’s a sign of a great 2018!

  3. I actually laughed out loud at the reheated facial comment!! Thanks

    • I’m so glad! Thank you for reading 🙂

  4. I love a good “reheated-leftovers” facial so that steam towel would go great with my dirty microwave.

    • Maybe we have a new facial enterprise on our hands? 😉

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