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!

The Ready-To-Go Beauty Kit

Must-have essentials for busy people

If you take a look at my personal belongings–be it in my room, my purse, my gym bag, or my desk–you’ll easily recognize that I’m a beauty junkie.

Since it’s Labor Day, I wanted to share the products that I like to keep with me at my work desk. I collectively refer to these items as my Ready-To-Go Beauty Kit. There are three main reasons for this naming:

  1. The kit contains eye and skin care essentials that provide instant pick-me-ups throughout the work day (or night).
  2. The kit contains makeup essentials that can be used to easily transform your look for a sudden presentation, lunch date, or after-work plans.
  3. I didn’t want to call it “The Workplace Beauty Kit” because that’s a misleading name. Although I keep this kit at my cubicle, I highly recommend having these products on hand in your everyday bag, in your carry-on luggage, in your car, in your locker, etc.

Sound good? Now, let’s take a look at what’s inside.

The Ready-To-Go Beauty Kit

Eye care

Skin care

  • NYX Green Tea Blotting Paper — This blotting paper is useful for reducing shine and maintaining a perfect complexion, especially on a hot day or after a post-midday workout.
  • EOS Lip Balm — Keep your lips moisturized, duh!
  • Lovely ME:EX Mini Pet Perfume Hand Cream — My hands are often dry due to constant washing, so I keep hand cream everywhere. This cute mini pet serves double duty as a cubicle decoration and much needed source of hydration.

Makeup

  • Nature Republic Green Tea Fresh Pure Pact SPF25 PA++ — This is one of my favorite pressed powders to date. I like to keep powder or cushion handy for midday touchups.
  • Benefit Boi-ing Eye Bright Compact — This compact duo contains both concealer and eye brightener.
  • Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lipstick — I absolutely love this Too Faced lipstick line. I recommend having a few lip colors in your kit (bright, nude, neutral, bold) so that you’ll be ready for any occasion that pops up.
  • Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner — Eye liner is always a must.
  • Sephora Spring in Soho Eye, Lip & Cheek Palette — This small, multi-function palette is perfect for creating a number of looks.

Tools & Things

  • Basic Fabric Band-Aids — Beauty kits should always have band-aids (or, even better, a mini first aid kit). You never know when you’ll need one for a paper cut, blister, hangnail, etc.
  • Revlon nail clipper — I recently added a nail clipper to my beauty kit because I started rock climbing. Avoiding the rock gym because my nails have grown out is no longer an excuse. This is also handy for pesky hangnails.
  • e.l.f. Mechanical Eyelash Curler — I have stick-straight Asian eyelashes, so eyelash curlers are a strict requirement.
  • Scunci No Damage Hair Elastics — I often forget to bring hair ties from home, so I keep a pack of these as backups.
  • Marc Jacobs Daisy Rollerball — A dab of this perfume makes me instantly energized. It also covers up how bad I probably smell after my midday yoga class.

Bonus Items (not pictured)

  • A facial mist, such as this Urban Decay Complexion Prep Spray, will provide immediate refreshment, especially for tired skin.
  • A comb or small brush is always an important tool to have.
  • An edible lip scrub, like Lush’s Mint Julips, will allow you to exfoliate and moisturize without leaving your desk.

Do you have your own Ready-To-Go Beauty Kit? What’s in it?