The Muse is lady enough to admit that she buys charcoal nose strips because she can see the ick better when she peels them off. There isn’t anything I can think of right now more satisfying than peeling off a nose strip and studying the blackheads on it.
Am I terribly weird or just plain gross? Could be both but I’m honest enough to admit I love looking at all that ick!
Jump ahead for a review on my fav nose strips!
Although Biore reigns supreme in the world of nose strips right here on US shores, it’s not the case in Asia. Asia’s market is saturated with a variety of nose strips from various brands, obviously Asian’s care more about their noses and blackheads than the average everyday American does if the variety of nose strips is anything to go by!
One of my personal favs are the Kose Softymo Nose Clean Pack aka Nose Strips. These are a charcoal strip used in the same fashion as Biore Nose Strips. Simply wet your nose, apply the strip, and peel it off after several minutes. Proceed to follow up by getting out your magnifying glass and studying the ick that’s been living on your nose, best part of it all in my opinion.
I admit one of the reasons I love charcoal strips is because they are black and show blackheads so much better when peeled off but also they do have some important functions. Charcoal is actually great for shiny noses too! It mattifies the nose while it’s sucking out those evil blackheads. I also find the Kose strips seem to have alot more action going on than a Biore one. They are extra sticky and adhere well to the nose and baby when you rip that sucker off it’ll take your nose and all off, which I happen to like as I sometimes have stubborn blackheads hanging out on the end of my nose.
These run about the same as a pack of Biore at around 6 bucks or so at any Asian market or online I’ve seen ’em in the realms of $6.99-$8.99. I easily locate them at many Asian beauty shops in Queens so they aren’t completely difficult to purchase here in the US. If you live in a heavily populated Asian area or known of an Asian market, beauty store, etc..have a check around and your search should prove fruitful.
These come highly recommended and are great for anyone who likes Biore ones but would like a little more punch to their nose strip.
You didn’t think I wouldn’t leave you without a photo of my nasty strip would you? Behold, for the not so faint of heart, my icky blackheads yanked from the root!
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