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!

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch Review

Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patch

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch is another one of those products that I didn’t really expect to work, but it has become my savior from blemishes after just one use. I was so excited to share this review with you guys that I quickly snapped a photo of the product on my desk this morning, thus the warmer lighting.

Description from the Memebox website, where I purchased the product:

Exposed aggravated acne may cause more damage and infection when not treated immediately. COSRX’s Acne Pimple Master Patch provides immediate care for stubborn pimples with uniquely formulated Hydrocolloid Patch. This instantly covers acne to protect it from harsh elements that may cause for irritation.

From the packaging:

Acne Pimple Master Patch heals acne, blemishes and prevents future breakouts quickly.

Skin Benefit

  • Acne & Pimple, skin trouble treat
  • Acts as a barrier to bacteria and dirt
  • Absorbs acne secretion
  • Blemishes clear cover

Instructions

  1. Cleanse the area around acne blemishes, pimple and completely dry the area.
  2. Select a patch of a bigger size of acne blemishes, pimple and attach the patch to the area.
  3. Do not change the patches until the size of the acne blemishes, pimple gets reduced, so that the patch can absorb the impurities sufficiently.

Review

  • Packaging: Each resealable pack comes with 24 patches in 3 different sizes — 7 mm x 10, 10 mm x 5, and 12 mm x 9. There is a second layer of packaging (peel to open) that also helps protect the patches.
  • Scent: Unscented.
  • Texture: The patches are very flexible. They do not feel overly sticky yet adhere to the skin very well.
  • Experience: I apply these patches on annoying pimples and blemishes before going to bed. They do not move or fall off during my sleep, and I tend to toss and turn a lot. In the morning, I can see a visible reduction in the size and/or color of the blemish. The impurities are drawn out of the skin and onto the patch, and this can actually be seen as a fuzzy white dot on the patch.
    When I use these patches overnight, my pimples shrink by over 50% (bumps become flat) and blemishes/spots fade dramatically.
  • Lesson learned: These patches are not invisible on the skin, but they’re not that visible either–well, depending on how much light is shining on your face. I went shopping on Saturday with a patch still on my cheek. Somehow I didn’t notice it when I was getting ready to go out, and my mom didn’t notice it all afternoon either. Cool.
  • Rating: 5/5. My new holy grail skin care product!

Nature Republic Original Power Blemish Ampoule Review

Nature Republic Original Power Blemish AmpouleThis blemish-directed ampoule from Nature Republic is one of my favorite items in my nighttime skin care regimen. I bought it last December and, if you look closely, you can see that I’ve already used up a majority of it.

This ampoule is part of the Original Power line. I can no longer find this line on the official Nature Republic website, so I believe that the products may have been discontinued. They are, however, still available online and in some Nature Republic stores (at least in the US).

Description:

The formula is intended to alleviate roughness, blemishes, and acne, while leaving skin smooth and moisturized.

Featured ingredients:

  • Oxygen water — for brightness and clarity
  • Mung bean extract — to purify and smoothen skin
  • Tea tree oil — to remedy blemishes and acne

The breakdown:

  • Packaging: This product has outstanding packaging. The teal glass bottle comes with a screw-on dropper cap–perfect for hygienic use.
  • Scent: The ampoule has a fresh scent that reminds me of baby wipes.
  • Texture: The formula is gel-like, but spreads into a very thin layer. It is totally non-sticky.
  • Experience: I use 2-3 drops of this every night after toner, focusing my application on troubled areas first. Over the past six months, I have noticed a huge reduction in acne and redness. Needless to say, I am incredibly pleased at the effectiveness of this ampoule. In addition, the formula is very gentle and I have not witnessed any signs of irritation.
  • Rating: 5/5. I give this product my highest recommendation, and I hope that I can replace it with a new bottle soon!