Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead 3-Step Kit

Important announcement: I’ve found my new holy grail for dealing with pesky blackheads!

Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead 3-Step Kit

This 3-step kit is “perfect for pore control” and certainly the most effective blackhead removal product that I’ve tried thus far.

From the Holika Holika website:

The first step opens your pores which allow for removing blackheads easily. The second step removes blackheads. The third step [is] to minimize pores.

After cleansing, place step-1 on nose for 15-20 minutes. Remove it slowly and wipe off any blackhead or impurities from pores. Wet nose with water and place step-2 on nose. After 10-15 minutes and slowly remove it from the edge. After step 1 & 2, place step-3 on nose. Remove it after 10-15 minutes and gently tap it for better absorption.

For a full list of ingredients, please refer to the product page.

Packaging: All of the writing is in Korean, but it’s easy to figure out this kit even without instructions. There are also cute illustrations to guide you along. Each step is enclosed in a separate pouch, and the pouches can be detached from one another via perforation. Like regular sheet masks, they are very easy to tear open. Steps 1 and 3–a sheet mask and jelly mask, respectively–are super saturated and packed with extra serum.

Scent: Each step contains lemon extract, so the product overall has a very lemony/citrus scent. The scent is strongest and sweetest in step 1, the sheet mask. I personally really like citrus fragrances, and I did not find this overwhelming at all. In steps 2 and 3, the masks have a more chemical lemon smell–not so good, but not a big deal.

Texture:
Step 1 – The cotton sheet mask is quite thin, but otherwise feels like any other sheet mask.
Step 2 – This is the blackhead removing strip. It is very soft and pliable, with a felt-like texture. Although it is strong, it does not feel grossly sticky at all. As usual, the strip turns rigid after use.
Step 3 – The jelly mask is a little thinner than other hydrogel masks I’ve tried, but it holds together well.

Experience: I am so glad that I ordered a pack of these kits during Memebox’s Cyber Monday sale, and I can’t believe it took me this long to actually put them to the test. After one use, I was in love. I get a ton of blackheads on my nose and chin, so I’ve tried a handful of different products to combat them. Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead 3-Step Kit is by far the best one that I have used to date. It removes a majority of my blackheads, while keeping my skin hydrated.
Step 1 – I was doubtful that this lemony sheet mask would be able to open up my pores, but it was surprisingly effective. After 20 minutes of use, I could see my blackheads brought to the surface. I was able to wipe some away with just a cotton pad, before proceeding to the next step.
Step 2 – This blackhead removal strip is amazing. After carefully placing it on my nose, I could feel the adhesive really hug my skin. Once the strip was dry, I gently removed it. It looked totally gross–but in the good, effective strip kind of way. (I would have taken a photo, but no.) Most of my blackheads had disappeared, and my skin did not look dry or irritated at all.
Step 3 – Because the strip was not drying, I don’t think this jelly mask is really necessary; however, it’s still a pleasant and hydrating final touch.

Tip: Use the kit on your chin! I used steps 1 & 2 on my chin, and it worked wonderfully. For this purpose, I actually cut step 2 in half to be economical.

Rating: 5/5, obviously. This kit is seriously powerful, yet great for sensitive skin. I highly recommend it. Goodbye, blackheads!

Have you tried Pig Nose Clear Blackhead 3-Step Kit before? How about other Holika Holika items? Let me know in the comments!

Helpless Whilst Drying: Win My Favourites Giveaway – Massive 2 Year Blogiversary

Helpless Whilst Drying

Like my actual Birthday, my Blogiversary sneaks up on me and I’ve been planning a perfect time to do a win my favourites Giveaway for a while, and I’ve slowly been whittling it down to my favourite products and thinking about them – I’ve finally got myself a list which doesn’t seem to have moved or budged so doing it in celebration of my blogs second birthday a few weeks ago. I thought I would launch and celebrate it now!

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Mascara in the City: Too Faced BEAUTY GIVEAWAY! 💄💋

Mascara in the City

Hi my loves!!

Giveaway

In anticipation to almost reaching 500 FOLLOWERSand changing my blog name I wanted to spread the love, and give my amazing followers ANOTHER amazing TOO FACED GIVEAWAY!!THANK YOU ALL whom supported me, and continue to support me! Without you there would be no Mascara in the City, and I love you all sooo much!

The set that ONE lucky winner will be receiving is thisToo Faced Totally Obsessed Set, YAYAYAY!! I am super excited to give this set away because Sephora just posted this on there latest arrivals section. YES this set is BRAND NEW to Sephora. CaptureThis set contains:
– 0.17 oz Better Than Sex Mascara
– 0.08 oz Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
– 0.16 oz Melted Liquidfied Long Wear Lipstick in Chihuahua
– 0.17 oz Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
– 0.16 oz Hangover Replenishing Face Primer


To enter this giveaway…

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Billie Amber Saunders: 500 Followers & Giveaway!

Hey Beauties!

I hope everyone has been having an amazing Valentines day! I received a card from my boyfriend that simply stated ‘have a great day’, i’m not joking! Either way, it must of been a sign of what was to come as I reached a crazy 500 followers today! A great day indeed. It was like the perfect way to start my day, I am so incredibly amazed that even though I have been a beyond terrible blogger these days due to my new job, that I have reached another incredible milestone. So thank you to everyone for your support and I am so beyond happy right now. I won’t bore you with my rambling, as we could be here a hell of a long time. So instead of talking about my appreciation, I have decided to show you instead.

Did someone say give away?! 

That’s right my friends…

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The Girly Tag

I saw this tag on A Little Bit of Jessica Mae and decided to do it myself. Feel free to tag yourself as well! If you do, let me know so that I can read your answers.

MAKEUP

What foundation do you use?
I don’t really like to use foundation. For daily use, I normally use BB cushion. My favorite is Laneige BB Cushion, but I am currently using Skinfood Royal Honey Cover Bounce Cushion. For heavier coverage, I use Nature Republic Super Origin Collagen BB Cream.

2015 Empties - Makeup

What powder do you use?
Benefit Cosmetics Hello Flawless! in Honey.

What eyebrow pencil do you use?
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz or Nature Republic Flower Auto Eyebrow.

What eyeliner do you use?
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black.

What mascara do you use?
I alternate between Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes, Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara in Black, and Revlon Lash Potion.

What are five of your favourite lip balms/glosses/sticks?
1. YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 4 Rouge Vermillon
2. Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lipstick in Barberry
3. Too Cool for School Dinoplatz Lip Balms (review here)
4. C.O. Bigelow Lemon Lip Balm – No. 1421
5. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

Fall 2015 Makeup Look

Do you colour your hair?
Not usually.

At the salon?
Nope, just at home.

What is your stylists name?
It always changes!

What is your natural hair colour?
Black.

Do you have straight or curly hair?
Very straight.

Do you use a curling iron?
Occasionally, usually if I’m going to a special event.

A straightener?
Nope!

Do you use serum and if so what kind?
I don’t use any serums, but I do use hair mists–Skinfood Lychee Essence Mist and OGX Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Weightless Hydration Oil.

Do you use any other hair products and what kinds?
I use tons of dry shampoo!

What shampoo and conditioner do you use?
Currently, Lush Big Shampoo and Big Solid Conditioner.

SCENTS

What deodorant do you use?
Dove Go Fresh Cool Essentials (cucumber and green tea).

What body wash do you use?
I have been using Lush Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly (review here). It smells like apple candy.

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What perfumes do you use or like? Name 5.
I have mostly been using Versace Bright Crystal, Prada Candy Florale, Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream, and Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb. I just purchased YSL Black Opium yesterday, so I will start using that soon!

Do you always have to smell good?
Not always, but I certainly don’t ever want to smell bad. I usually carry a spare rollerball in my bag, just in case.

JEWELRY

Are diamonds really a girl’s best friend?
Nah.

What jewelry do you wear the most?
A watch and earrings.

What jewelry do you crave the most?
I don’t really crave jewelry, but I love Kate Spade jewelry and Tiffany Keys.

PURSES & SHOES

How many purses do you own?
Not sure, but more than 10.

Which is your favourite?
I have a black soft leather Michael Kors purse that I love.

How many shoes do you own?
A lot…

Which pair is your favourite?
I currently love these inexpensive taupe wedge booties from Target.

SHOPPING

What are your top 5 favourite stores to buy clothes?
1. YesStyle
2. Forever 21
3. Victoria’s Secret
4. Macy’s
5. Uniqlo

What is your favourite shirt?
Any loose, comfy sweaters, or button-ups with lace panels.

What are your favourite jeans?
Jessica Simpson jeggings. They are SO comfortable.

MISCELLANEOUS 

Favourite nail polish?
Julep golds and metals.

Favourite magazine to read?
Glamour, Allure, and Popular Science.

Favourite book?
I like a lot of books, but don’t have a favorite.

Favourite band?
CNBLUE 🙂

Favourite girly movie?
27 Dresses! Love James Marsden ❤

Do you enjoy being a girl?
Usually, yes.