My favorite “dollar” store is now in Makati! Daiso Japan (formerly Saizen) has opened a branch at Glorietta 3, and it may possibly be the biggest one yet! It’s a toss up between this and the Robinsons Galleria branch, but both stores are pretty big. The moment I heard that they’re open for business, I took the time to visit and see what they have to offer. Let me show you some things I was interested in. Please remember that almost everything in this store costs Php88 each.
This post is image heavy!
First let’s start with things related to food. Did I mention I am also a food blogger/bento enthusiast? I no longer update that blog as frequently but I am still quite interested in cooking and baking. Check out my food-related finds. First up: coffee-filters! I am a huge coffee addict and this shelf sent me in an excited little dance. I’ve finally found the perfect sized filter for my one-person coffeemaker! I don’t know the difference between the white and the brown filters (bleached vs unbleached) but I’ve always used white filters so that’s what I got.
Here is a series of shelves that carry kitchen utensils and tools. I’ve bought some of these before and they work quite well.
Cookie cutters! This branch seems to have a huge variety of cutters that can also be used for things beyond cookies. I’ve used some of these metal ones in my bentos before (to cut veggies and cheese), and of course for the purpose of actually cutting cookie shapes.
Daiso also has all your food storage needs! Shown here are various plastic and metal containers that are food safe. They have a separate shelf for non-food storage options.
I found myself in need of new ice trays so I snagged a couple of these. They also have other ice-related accessories like an ice scoop and popsicle molds.
Bento boxes are also plentiful! Check out all of these, in various sizes too. Most of these bento boxes will indicate in milliliters how much food they can contain.
Random other stuff
Pardon me but I put the “other” stuff in the middle of the food-related ones and the beauty ones. Here are the things I found interesting. First one is this shelf of floor mop wipes. I have a Swiffer (see photo for reference), but sometimes it’s difficult to find refills of the wet and dry wipes. I’m quite ecstatic to find that Daiso carries their own version of both wet and dry wipes! The pink one (with 45 sheets) is the dry and the blue one on the lower right (with 30 sheets) is the wet. The other ones in the photo are generic kitchen cleaners. [PS It’s really helpful to know how to read kana so you know which one to buy.]
Feeling hot this summer? These stylish and cute fans will definitely come in handy. The ones captured in this photo are the usual folding fans (portable!) but they also have the abaniko-style fans at the bottom.
This is but a small glimpse at the extensive craft selections at Daiso! Here we have various notebooks, a wide selection of washi tapes, origami paper, scrapbook materials, and printed cardboard containers. I forgot to take a photo but they also have a shelf just for writing materials! I’m definitely going back for a craft haul.
I’ve saved the best for last! Daiso’s beauty section did not disappoint, although they did have a slightly different selection compared to the Robinsons and Trinoma branches. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but there are absolutely zero testers so you will be buying blind. Check out the internet for swatches. Anyway! First up we have the shelf containing powder foundations and blushes. They have various options and shades for the foundations, as well as several options for blushes.
Close up of two shade options for the Ellefar Princess Duo Color Cheek: Orange and Strawberry. I bought one of these, which I will show you along with the swatches in a separate post.
Close up of another couple of blushers called Special! Mix Cheek Powder, in Magic color and Cute color. These are pretty cool as they have four shades in a single pan, and you can mix and match! I also bought one of these.
Here is the shelf containing falsies and lip products. There seem to be a wide selection of falsies available, as well as eyelash glue. For lip products there are several balms, lip glosses, and a couple of brands of lipstick (Ellefar and Winmax).
But the Winmax lipsticks come in five shades! The shades they have available are Cherry Pink, Deep Rose, Coral Orange, Beige Pink, and Peach. To be honest I am quite wary of Daiso lipsticks based on my prior not-so-happy experience, but I couldn’t really resist. I got two of these. :sheepish grin:
One of my favorite Daiso spots is this shelf, filled with eyeshadow palettes of course! My much-loved Ellefar Princess quads are here, as well as some new palettes I haven’t tried. There are also some glitter eyeshadow sticks on the left side. It was really hard to resist getting some of these!
Check out this Special! Colorful Eye Shadow quads! These two palettes are the ones I was interested in the most, the Golden and the Brown. I was able to resist buying any palettes that day, so no upcoming swatches of these. Yet. (um)
Finally we have the shelf containing the other eye products. There’s some mascara and mascara bases, some liquid eyeliners, and a lot (as in a lot!) of eyebrow products! As I have already purchased one of those dual-ended eyebrow pens and a pot of liquid eyeliner, I was able to resist getting anything from this shelf. Still terribly tempting though!
There you have it! Daiso is such a huge wasteland and money/time sink for me, but it makes me super happy. I’m looking forward to my next visit!
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