Kira Kira Crate by Japan Crate “Renew and Reset” Review + Coupon
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.
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About Kira Kira Crate
The Subscription Box: Kira Kira Crate
The Cost: $29 a month + free U.S. shipping
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 “Renew and Reset” Review
This box 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 English! They also feature customer photos that use the hashtag #kirakiracrate to share on social media and include a great how-to on using the items in the box. The theme this month is “Renew and Reset,” which is so needed this time of year. The start of a new year is a great time to find some new routines of all kinds, and winter is an awesome season to slow down, snuggle inside, and take some time out for ourselves. Let’s see if these items help me to do that!
Using this super-soft brush is a nice upgrade to the usual face-washing portion of my routine! These bristles feel great against my skin, and I like the length of the handle. It’s intended to be used in conjunction with the enzyme cleanser packets also found in this box, and I found it to be the perfect application tool for all those bubbles!
I do love an ultra-portable cleansing option, and these li’l guys are perfect for travel. The powdery insides combine with water (I used just a little bit) to create a sudsy cleanser that was incredibly satisfying to use. There was a faintly fruity scent to the foam, and I thought it was a nice gentle cleansing that didn’t seem to dry out my skin. I’m mostly stoked that they’re in a powder form; I’m traveling at the end of next month and these babies could not be more TSA-friendly if they tried!
Rilakkuma Nail Buffer
There are two things I’m constantly reaching for throughout the day: lip balm, and nail files! I try not to file my actual nails too much since it can cause them to split, but when my cuticles get rough, I try to buff them down so that I don’t pick them! The packaging for this Rilakkuma file/buffer is really neat; I could put it on my keys if I wanted, but more likely, it’ll hang out in my purse. The plastic packaging will keep it from scratching other things in my bag and prevent itself from getting dirty or dull.
Lip Sheet Mask
I have quite a bit of sheet mask experience, but I’ve never seen a lip-only mask before! My lips get SO dry and chapped in the winter; no matter how much balm I reach for, it just never seems like enough. This mask had a fairly intense but pleasant, flowery smell, and its wobbly, jelly-like texture was really interesting. I found it hard to apply at first; it’s all one piece, so I had to lean my face back and press a little bit with my hands to get it to suction to my face without falling off. I couldn’t eat, drink, or talk while using it, so that’s definitely something to keep in mind when thinking about adding it to your beauty routine. I left this on for about 15-20 minutes, and surprisingly, my lips felt way more moisturized after using. And there wasn’t much of a lingering taste or anything unpleasant after I was done! I think I need to stock up on some of these for winter.
Kumano Hair Treatment
Camellia oil is the powerhouse ingredient of this hair treatment; it’s taken from the camellia plant, which is native to eastern and southern Asia. It’s used in both cooking and cosmetics, but it’s emollient properties make it a keeper in the moisturizing department. My hair is always really, really dry, so I used this in place of my normal conditioner, leaving it on for about 10 minutes while I went about my routine in the shower. Afterward, my hair did feel softer, and my favorite part, smelled amazing, like cherry blossoms!
Verdict: This Kira Kira Crate was a fantastic grouping of a lot of items I’ve never tried before! I’m new to camellia oil, and I loved the effects of the Kumano hair treatment, and I’ve never had a facial cleanser in travel-friendly powder form. I’m also feeling like lip sheet masks are a game-changer for the winter time! I love trying new things, and I love that the products in this box are either mild enough or moisture-based enough, that I can change up my routine a little each month without causing my skin to freak out.
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. Check out our spoilers!
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: This box costs $29 + free shipping, which means that each of the 5 items in the box has an average cost of $5.80.
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What’s your favorite item from this month’s Kira Kira Crate?