Recently on a trip to Daiso, I picked up this clear container with 6 compartments. It also came in transparent blue, transparent pink, and I think transparent yellow. The container is the perfect addition to my makeup table setup. The container holds my most used makeup brushes, lipsticks that I'm currently using (a lot), brow and lash tools (tweezers, razors, spoolies, lash curler, etc.), q-tips, and misc. deluxe and travel size bottles/tubes of creams, lotions, primers, and illuminators.
Empty container- overhead view
Q-tips & creams compartments
Brow/Lash tools, creams, q-tips compartments
Overall, I'm really loving this new organizer. The only compartment that's a bit cramped is the one with the brow/lash tools but I can get over that. I do wish Daiso had another conatiner like this one with just 2 large compartments for "most used" lipsticks and glosses or eyeshadows and eye pencils -I wanted to put in more lipsticks but can only fit 8. For only $1.50, this is a great addition to my makeup table and makes everything look very nice and neat.
What is Daiso?
Daiso is basically a Japanese "dollar store" that features a wide variety of products from cosmetics to kitchenware. It's a store of total randomness. At Daiso, I've found pretty false eyelashes, hair accessories, cardboard boxes (when I give cookies or cupcakes as gifts), cups and dishes, sewing materials, scrap booking supplies, dozens of colorful piggy banks, school supplies, and so much more. To view some of the products that Daiso offers and for store locations, click here.
Daiso isn't actually a "$1.00" store -I've noticed that the prices vary depending on where you live. The majority of the products at my local Daiso stores are all $1.50 (unless otherwise marked.) Most of the gum and candy is $1.00. Other items can go for $2.00, $3.00, and $5.00 but I haven't seen anything priced higher. I read on Nouveau Cheap that the majority of the products at her Daiso store (in San Diego) are $1.89 each.
Once you go to a Daiso store, there's no going back and I admit I'm a bit obsessed. I do find some nice things at the usual "Dollar Tree" and other American dollar stores but to me, the majority of the items look sort of cheap, don't work well, or the store is just so dirty that I get turned off. At Daiso, it's different. None of the things I've bought at Daiso have broken or worked so poorly that I've had to throw it out. Everything is very cute and "new" looking and the stores I've been to are very clean and bright.
The only bad experience I've had at Daiso was when I bought a bag of chips. BEFORE buying any of the snacks, check the expiration dates. After I left the store, me and my friends ripped open the bag and started munching on the chips. They tasted very "off" so I checked the expiration date and to my surprise, they had been expired my 3 months! I took it back and demanded a refund -it wasn't the $1.00 I spend that I was mad about, I was mad that they were selling expired products. The cashier was fussy about it since there are no returns at Daiso. She also prompted to tell me that the expiration dates "don't mean anything" and Daiso puts "early" expiration dates on the bag to be cautious. To me, that's such BS. Expiration dates are there to tell you when it's not safe/healthy to eat the product. In the end, I did finally get my refund. My cousin also bought chips at another Daiso and found that they'd been expired too. So please, check the expiration dates.
Have a great Sunday! Off to bowling and then dinner at my grandparents' house -both for my little cousin's birthday. =)