“ Brand: Beauty Formulas / Type: Wax Strips / Subcategory: Cleansing / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses, „
I have struggled so many years with blackheads on my nose and unable to get all of them out before a party or going somewhere special. it was embarrassing having so much of them. i recently saw this pack of stripes in supermarket and decided to give it a try. my goodness it worked so well. i could hardly believe how much dirt AND blackheads it pulled out. ! I t was great ! It was painful to remove it from skin but it was well adhered and got out a lot ! i mean a real LOT ! and its like magic , my nose is now smooth and blackheads are gone. some really small but deep few are left but they are hardly visible. I hope after steaming and using a stripe will do them too. This is just great !!!
Pore strips seemed to be the next big thing in skin care a few years ago. I used to buy them quite often to deal with blocked pores and blackheads in a tricky area around my nose. Then they became harder to find and more expensive and I got out of the habit of using them. My local Superdrug only stocks the Biore brand at £5 or so a packet. So I was pleased to see these Beauty Formulas Deep Cleansing Nose Pore Strips in the 99p store. I have also spotted them in both Poundworld and Poundland, but not in any of the regular high street stores such as Boots. You get 6 single-use strips in each box.
For those of you not familiar with these things, I'll explain what nose strips are. They look a bit like a contoured sticking plaster that you stick onto the lower half of your nose. After leaving it in place for a set amount of time it should, in theory, have drawn up any dirt, oil and makeup blocking your pores to the surface. When you peel off the plaster, the nasty stuff comes away with it giving your skin a deep clean.
These strips come in a small cardboard packet that's a bright blue and aqua colour. It is easy to open, perhaps a little too easy as I have brought a packet with a couple of strips missing from it! The front of the box has a photo of a women using the product on it. I found this quite useful the first time I used them as it helped me to see if I was positioning the strip correctly. The reverse gives easy to follow usage instructions. The individual strips inside the box are sealed in a small plastic sachet which repeats all the usage instructions on the rear. I'm pleased to say that the "tear here" spot does actually work without you needing to wrestle with scissors.
Before using the strips you need to wash your face well with soap and water. I understand why this is because I want the strips to remove the things that my normal routine leaves behind. You are then instructed to make sure you don't have any lotions or make up on your face and that your skin is damp. This is also important because the strip is activated only once it's damp and it won't stick to dry skin. [I know this from experience!] With dry hands, you remove the strip from it's plastic backing and apply it to smooth side down to your nose. I didn't smooth it out very well the first time I used it which meant that not all of my skin was cleansed. But when I followed the instructions carefully this wasn't a problem. I recommend applying it in front of a mirror so you can see what you are doing.
The strip doesn't have any scent to it that I can detect. I am conscious of it being on my face but it doesn't feel uncomfortable to me until it's been there for about 10 mins. You are recommended to leave it in place for 10-15 minutes. During this time it gradually stiffens and this is what makes it feel a little unpleasant as it constricts your skin. The feeling isn't nasty enough to put me off though as it happens only at the end of the session. When the time is up, it's time to peel away the strip. I must say I find this hurts a little - about the same as peeling off a stiicking plaster. But any discomfort is over really quickly. My nose is a little red afterwards, for a minute or two only. Sometimes a residue, again like what's sometimes left by a sticking plaster, is left behind which in my experience washes off easily. My nose can also feel slightly dry on the top. With long term use I certainly haven't experienced any long-term deterioration in my skins softness though.
The most important thing is that you can hold the the used strip up to the light and see what's been blocking your pores. It looks like a lot of tiny hairs. Some people may find this gross, but I find it satisfying! If you don't like it, you don't have to look! My pores definitely look cleaner and therefore my skin looks clearer. Deeply cleansed pores look less obvious than blocked ones so I think that the products claims to make your pores less visible is true in my experience. I can't say they removed all blackheads instantly but I have found that with regular use [1-2 times a week], they have reduced the number I get by a huge amount. I have found that they work twice as well if I use them straight after steaming my face for around 5 minutes, as the pores are naturally wide open then. They also claim to remove the bacteria that causes spots but I can't really judge if this is true as I don't suffer from regular spots around my nose.
I would recommend these to anyone looking to improve their skin in that tricky nose area. They are great value for money and work better than any deep cleansing or blackhead scrub I have tried. I wouldn't recommend them to those looking for instant results but I've yet to find anything that works like that.
This review also appears under the same user name on Ciao.
I've tried many more expensive brands of nose strips all with varying degrees of success but not worth the £5 or so they often cost for a pack of 5/6 strips. I found this brand in Savers for £1 so decided to give them a go.
They come in boxes of 6 strips, each individually wrapped in a foil packet to keep them clean until used. The packet has an easy tear opening and the strip is on a plastic backing in the packet so it is easy to take out.
Their use is pretty much the same as any other nose strip. I peel the strip off the backing plastic, Wet my nose with warm water for 30 seconds to open up the pores a bit and then apply the strip, pressing it down firmly over my nose. The butterfly shape of these strips means that they fit over the nose area pretty well and sit tightly against your skin. This in itself is an improvement on some more expensive brands where I have found the strip is completely the wrong shape.
The instructions on the box say to leave the strip to dry for 10-15 minutes. The first time I used one it only took 5 minutes to dry. On future uses though I wetted my nose more and it took 10ish minutes and the results were better.
The proof of these strips is visible when you peel it off. The strip was covered in gunk! Not just from the biggest pores or a few areas, but from all over my nose. It is one of the few strips I have used that has managed to get dirt out off pores on all parts of my nose.
Regular use of these strips every 3-4 days(you should not use them more often that every 3 days) has significantly reduced the size and number of black heads on my nose. Although it has not removed them all completely, the strips have done a better job than many far more expensive ones.
At only £1 for 6 strips and pleasing results I will be continuing to use these strips regularly.
So far the only place I have found though that stocks them on a regular basis seems to be Savers discount store.
Normally I buy T-Zone nose strips but they cost the best part of £5 in Boots and I'm unusually unwilling to pay that much for one pack seeing as it only contains 6 strips. In Bodycare, I found some T-zone nose strips for only £2.50 but I also came across this Beauty Formula nose strips for only £1 so I picked a packet up to try.
USING THE STRIPS
They work in the same way as any other nose pore strip in that you wet your nose and apply the strip, wait for it to dry and then peel it off. My main problem with these nose pore strips is that no matter how wet my nose is before I use them, the strip will never fit tightly against my skin. I've always imagined that most of the success of these kind of strips only comes if you can get a fit that's very close to the skin and this just doesn't happen for me so I find that few, if any, blackheads are ever removed. Compare this to the T-Zone strips, which always remove a few blackheads even if I can't claim that my nose ever becomes totally clear after using them. Both inspecting the strips afterwards and a close examination of my nose both strongly suggested that nothing had changed, which was very disappointing.
These nose pore strips have received impressive ratings on this site but I've been disappointed with the results and am going to continue with my T-Zone strips instead as I've had much better experiences with those. The price was a big bargain but they just didn't work for me, mostly due to not fitting close enough to the skin and I won't be buying these again for that reason. I've no idea why my experiences have been so negative given that no-one else who has reviewed them has had the same problem but they just didn't work for me at all, hence the low star rating.
If only I had realized as an acne plagued teenager, that my popped spots would soon turn into gaping holes, much later into my early twenties once my over-active sebaceous glands had calmed down a little.
By the time I reached 25 everyone but me, noticed that I had pretty awful pop-marked skin from all those years of squeezing! - I must have made a fair few visits to the doctor though, that back then prescribed very irritant-based (anti-inflammatory solutions) that didn't agree with my sensitive skin, only talcum powder worked for me in the end, but made me look like a Geisha freight at school!
The first time I encountered pore strips was a few years ago whilst browsing skin creams in Superdrugs but had no idea what they were, but bought a packet of eight (Cannot recall the brand) and they cost me something like £9.00 in 2006. After a few days of application, I could hardly believe the difference to my skin that appeared, not only black-head free, but pop-mark erased for the first time in ten years or so! - though they were for the whole face, not just the nose area.
Beauty Formulas Deep Cleansing pore strips are mainly a blemish-control product but with pore tightening properties, the packet I have is from Poundland, so saved a fair bit of money if bought from the high-street Chemists that, a pack of 6 nose-pore strips, would ordinarily cost around £7.00 or more. Poundland also do Dermalogics Deep Cleansing Nose Strips so have used these too and there is absolutely no difference in the quality in either of the products that do exactly the same job with the same results.
Having tried Biore Ultra Deep Cleansing pore strips from Superdrug and Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Nose Pore Strips, I can tell you that Beauty Formulas brand, grab dirt and excess oil and lift it out of the pores in the very same way and remove unsightly black-heads for a fraction of the price if bought at cut price stores or on-line trading places such as ebay and Amazon, so have stopped buying them from Boots and Superdrug on principle that I can get them far cheaper elsewhere.
The problem with pores:
Skin is a living organism so it absorbs moisture to keep it vital, though accumulates dirt from everyday pollutions such as traffic fumes; direct and indirect contact with environmental toxins that clog up inside the pores that expand to fit the dirt inside if it is not removed regularly. Contrary to popular belief, that pores can be permanently shut, never really can when they are an integral biological feature to keep human temperature at an optimum healthy level and because the skin does breathe.
Pore strips then, only ever reduce the gaping visibility of them that the pore strips are used to keep the skin toxin-free and, why manufacturers clearly state on their products: "will see an improvement with regular use" so are informing the consumer that they are not miracle patches that will turn a 70 year old into a 19 year old without any surgical procedures!
What's inside the pore strips?
All pore-strips contain the same Glycerin-adhesive properties, that the substance is a thick liquid which freezes to a gummy paste and which has a high boiling point. Glycerin is easily dissolved with water and why the pore strips are a good solvent that grips to skin securely. Alcohol is added to the strip formula because Glycerin does not absorb oils that the skin produces lots of. Kaolin Is a white clay and also contributes to the adhesive process, though is the stuff that pulls the dirt and oil out. Methylparaben is an anti-irritant agent and water-soluble anti-microbial that also preserves the life of a product. Anything else the pore strips contain, is all to do with adhesive properties, so haven't included them here.
Why do they look like butterflies?
Pore strips are typically designed like cut-out butterfly shapes because they adhere to the nose more fittingly and follow the contour of the bridge so that you know you have placed them correctly, that some straight-cut strips don't have this advantage.
A common problem that pore strips have is that, even when you have applied them correctly for the recommended 10-15 minutes, they don't necessarily show evidence that the black-heads have been removed once the strip has been inspected after use. The reason for this, is that even though black-heads are named as such, it is only the very surface area of them that appear dark, but in fact, are really white and so when you look for black-dots on pore-strips you are unlikely to find any because they merge deeply into the adhesive substance that is the exact same colour of the real dirt in your pores.
Beauty Formulas Deep Cleansing brand do no more or less for me than any other elite trade name pore strips, because they all contain the same properties, except for Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel variety that have anti-inflammatory extras that just make them more pleasant on the skin. I've never had any side-effects from any pore-strips in general, and yes, they hurt to peel off, but they are meant to in order that they do their job.
My skin doesn't suffer from many spots, but I do get a lot of build on my nose area. After seeing these in Poundworld I thought they were definitely worth buying. Like all pore strips do, they claim to remove any build up and tighten your pores. They come in little boxes of 6 strips, each which are wrapped in foil for protection and hygiene. They're butterfly shaped which means they'll sit comfortably on your nose and, if any of you have nose piercings like I do, it won't be uncomfortable on your piercing either and can easily fold up.
These work best straight after a shower when your pores are already open and your face is still a bit wet because the strips work best on clean, damp skin and left for 10 minutes to harden. I've also tried just rubbing some water on my nose beforehand which definitely doesn't work - the strip will dry too quickly and be very painful to peel off after just 5 minutes so I don't think it did it's job all to well!
After you peel off the strip, bits of residue may remain but I've found rubbing them with a wet flannel will any of this very easily. If you actually hold the strip up to the light you can see small piles of gunk that came out of your pores - a bit disgusting but also kind of cool!
This product left my skin feeling very soft and smooth, with my pores also looking smaller and cleaner. They're no miracle worker - they don't remove all gunk from your nose but they definitely make a difference! I did only pay £1 afterall, and I definitely got my money's worth.
My skin is usually clear, thanks, I think, to a good cleansing and toning regime. However, I still have problems with blackheads, which are basically plugs of sebum and other muck, which lie beneath the surface of the skin and appear to be black until removed, when they are more of a greeny brown colour (well, mine are!).
I have tried a few solutions over the years, mainly squeezing them out or using a torture device from The Body Shop otherwise known as a blackhead remover. However, this can harm the skin and when I noticed that I was getting burst blood vessels in the crease of my nose, I knew it was time to look for something else. Biore pore strips are perhaps the best known, but they are incredibly expensive for what they are, so when I came across this Beauty Formulas brand in my local Poundland, I was more than willing to give them a try.
Like other brands of pore strips, these claim to remove blackheads and tighten pores, as well as removing bacteria and other dirt to ensure a healthier skin. There are six strips in a box, packaged up in a foil packet and attached to a piece of plastic, presumably to stop them from sticking to all and sundry. The strips are butterfly-shaped, which may sound strange, but they are designed to fit into the groves of the nose and actually do so rather well. I have also used them on my chin successfully, although there are other pore strips available for other parts of the skin.
The strips are coated with a substance made up of glycerin, kaolin and witch hazel extract, along with a host of other chemicals that I am not familiar with. I have never had a reaction to the strips, but obviously, if you have sensitive skin, you will want to treat with caution, checking the ingredients before using. I presume it is the kaolin that hardens when the strip is wet with water, enabling the strip to stick to the skin and grasp hold of the blackheads. There is no smell to them and the strips have been dermatologically tested and they are hypo-allergenic.
I usually use the strip after a shower when my skin is clean and the heat from the water has opened my pores up a little. The instructions advise applying the strip to clean and damp skin anyway - I always find the damper the better, because that way the strip sticks evenly to the skin. The strip should then be left on the skin for ten to fifteen minutes, whereupon it should have hardened. It feels a bit like a very thin piece of plaster of paris.
Once the time is up, it should be peeled off the skin from the edges, carefully, but fairly quickly. Sometimes bits of the substance are left on the skin, but most of it should come off with the strip. Then comes the fun bit. It isn't always immediately obvious and you may need to take the strip to a source of direct sunlight, but you should be able to see tiny plugs of a light greeny brown colour, particularly in those areas where blackheads are most prevalent. If you want to see a picture (I'm not showing you mine!), look up blackhead on Wikipedia.
I follow this up with a toner to ensure that all the gunk is of my skin and I then apply a moisturiser, because my skin tends to feel a little tight. I can usually see the results immediately - my pores look cleaner and tighter - and they really feel as if they have received a deep clean. The instructions recommend using the product once or twice a week, no more than three times - I've found once a week is enough to keep my blackheads at bay and my pores are definitely more refined.
As with most products, there are a couple of disadvantages. The main one is that it doesn't remove all blackheads at once, although I have found that after two or three tries, they do eventually come out. Then there is the large amount of packaging. I understand it is necessary to keep the strips from sticking to anything, but I am always amazed at how much rubbish is left. A final concern, which isn't so relevant to strips used on the nose, but I do sometimes use them on my chin and I always worry that they may be pulling out hairs along with the blackheads. Could I eventually end up with whiskers?! I know I haven't so far, but it does worry me a little.
These are by far the best brand of pore strips that I have ever used. Other brands just don't seem to work anywhere near as well - and the fact that this brand is so cheap is an added bonus, because other brands are just too expensive for me to use on a regular basis. And provided you can get hold of them at just a £1 or a similar price, it really is worth a try. Highly recommended.
Ok so I have a date! I don't know about other women but it always sends me into a blind panic! Instead of thinking someone likes me just the way I am (hence their approach in the first place) I always think oh god they only asked me out due to their alcohol consumption or cos the lights were dark in the pub or club (usually where I get asked out lol).
Instead of seeing positives in myself I always see the negatives. I guess that's natural really lol However out comes everything for a transformation. False hair extensions, false nails and eyelashes, body scrubs, well you name it I do it to myself I get like a headless chicken lol!
Now one of things I moan about within my reviews alot is the state of my facial skin. At 34 you'd think that I would simply have the signs of aging to deal with and lets face it no one really relishes that and I do purchase alot of stuff to try delay my aging. However sadly that isn't enough of a problem for me! No I suffer spots. Mixed with wrinkles, hefty frown lines, dry skin, a greasy t-zone and whiteheads, blackheads and some broken capillaries oh and open pores my face sometimes feels like it don't belong to me at all and it really does bother me to be honest!
One of my main issues is blackheads. Not only one's with a visible blackish head to them that when you squeeze you get hard yellow puss out of (that feels so good). No once again that isn't enough for me! I get open pores that if I squeeze them I get yellow stuff or a watery type of stuff that oozes out! Now of course I know I shouldn't squeeze them and that's a golden rule! I do actually have a couple of small scars on my face from picking away at myself which is why I decided to to get these strips when I saw them on offer in the 99p shop.
My skin at the moment feels congested and just generally tired. Patches of skin look dull, open pores look so open that when I put foundation on you can really see them more so than if they have no make up on them which isn't an option when I go out (like tonight!) lol I have a tight feeling to my skin and a couple of spots attacking my jawline.
I wouldn't mind all this if I didn't try to look after my skin but I'm beginning to realise of late that sometimes you can probably look after your skin too much and over treat it sort of thing! I think that's my problem.
So as I said I decided to buy these and have a go. Now firstly let me explain that these are shaped and designed for the nose area. However there is nothing that says you HAVE to use them on your nose just cost they're shaped that way. Me, yes I need my nose doing but I also have problems on my forehead and cheeks and I have purchased them before and had blackheads on my chest and used them there to. Anywhere that you want to use this type of product is fine (in my opinion) provided you follow the instructions of course.
Once again Dooyoo have given the wrong photograph and it definitely once again isn't the one I requested! Never mind though the title is correct so maybe that is foreign packaging of the same product as the one I'm reviewing but for this reason I will fully describe the packaging in case you really wasn't to try this product out and you'll have a better idea of what to look for!
The product comes in a light blue and white oblong box. On the front of the box there is photograph of a young lady sporting a strip on her nose (very sexy..not lol). On the front all in small black writing I'm told it is Beauty Formulas, Deep Cleansing Nose Strips. Under that I'm told the product 'Removes dirt and oil from the nose area, helps to remove blackheads and that they tighten pores for healthier looking skin. On the top right hand corner in light blue writing I'm told the box contains 6 strips and under the photograph in white writing I'm told the strips are dermatologically and hypoallergenic tested. On the top and bottom flaps of the box I'm told the make again, that they contains 6 strips and that they are Deep Cleansing Nose Strips and then on one side of the box ingredients are listed and on the other side there is a 4 step diagram chart so you can see at a glance how to use them. On the back of the box I'm told a bit about the product and once again diagrams of how to use them, then comprehensive instructions on how to use them are given, then there is a load of writing in a foreign language (I don't understand), cautions are given, and then I'm told the box contains 6 individual sachets, contact details for 'Beauty Formulas' are given and finally there is a bar-code on there.
The sachets are a white plastic oblong shape with a nick in the corner (for ease of opening) and have a dash of purple on them On the front I'm told what they are again and what they achieve (as I've told you already as it's the same information as on the front of the box), cautions are given again and then I'm once again given contact details for 'Beauty Formulas' and I'm told the sachet contains one nose strip. On the back diagrams on how to use them are again there.
The packaging is very informative indeed. I like the way that the information on how to use the product is also on the sachet and all in all it doesn't look like a cheap product but does look like it may be a treatment that actually works from the look of the presentation of it!
About The Product (According The Back Of The Box)....
Deep cleansing nose strips are a one step cleansing treatment designed to unclog pores and remove blackheads. The strip adheres to the dirt and oil which clogs pores. Once the strip is removed you will see the improvement. Pores are tighter, cleaner and less visible.
Directions For Use....
Thoroughly wet your nose. The strip will not stick on a dry nose. Dry hands and peel the strip off the plastic liner. Apply strip to moistened nose area with the smooth side down, pressing down to ensure good contact with skin. Let dry for about 10-15 minutes. The strip should feel stiff as it dries. After the strip is dried, slowly and carefully peel off the strip starting at the edges, pulling toward the centre. If strip is difficult to remove, wet and peel off gently.
Well I make sure my skin is fairly clean. Experience of using these before has told me not to cleanse and tone my skin before using as the strips don't hold so well. So I simply make sure that my skin is make up free and has nothing on it so like I'll use these after a shower or something.
So opening the sachet is simple enough and what your met with is a white strip stuck onto a clear plastic film. The strip is shaped. It's quite thick and not tiny and it is kind of nose shaped with rounded edges so you can get a decent fit. (One size is meant to fit all lol).
So I do as directed. I wet my nose (and any other areas I want to apply the strips to). Now I've found the more water you add the longer they take to dry so I simply smear a little water onto my skin and then stick the strip to it making sure I have no air bubbles in there and the strip is fully in contact with my skin.
Although I said I use them on other places on my face they do not sit on the chin well cos of the shape and you can't get the strip to sit right so in my view so it's a waste of time doing that but you can (as I do) cut the strip to size and that's simple to do and pure common sense. Otherwise it's a breeze to apply them, takes seconds and isn't messy at all. All you have to do is make sure the strip is really on the skin correctly. If it doesn't stick cos you haven't added enough water just slap water on the strip, the strip absorbs it but this does take longer to dry but it does work if you've correcting a mistake.
Once on the face they stay put really, really well. They have no skin tingling effects, no smell no nothing. You just feel like you've got things on your face. It isn't all that uncomfortable but not pleasurable either but not a problem. I always leave them on my face until dry and if I've saturated the strips then it takes between 15-20 minutes to dry but if I do as I suggest ( the best way and not use too much water) they take about 10 minutes to go stiff but I always remove them after 15 minutes as they do nothing if you take them off to soon and the strip is still moist. You really need these to dry so that when you pull the strips off you feel the 'pull' and therefore the strip lifts off any debris.
You can feel to the touch when the strip is dry. It feels hard and stiff all over the strip. When that happens your ready to peel them (or it if you just use them on the nose) off. I aways do this quite swiftly so I get that sort of glue feeling tearing and a tingle afterwards and does it hurt? Slightly and tingles for a few minutes afterwards but it doesn't tear or mark my skin, ever. You can of course go easier on yourself and be gentle pulling one side of the strip to the centre and then repeating the process the other side of the strip but I feel you need that pull and for extra cleansing pulling the skin tight with one hand while pulling the strip so skin is tight does clean that bit more. However you do need to a be a little bit brave but it isn't agony or anything! lol
Excellent and I really mean that. If you hold the strip up to the light you can see the debris on the strips. I get a lot of what looks like white, thin hairs standing up on my strips along with a lot of fat blackhead puss lumps. My strips (no matter how often I use them) always have stuff on them and quite frankly I'd rather see it on the strips than on my face! Wherever I have applied them to, after usage my skin looks cleaner, fresher and brighter and any open pores are visibly tightened as well. Skin stops tingling after about 5 minutes and I basically wipe any of the little bit of glue residue off my skin with some toner or I wash my face and it comes off very easily.
I've only ever seen these in pound shops and online (if you google online shops). For the price (about a pound) they are excellent. At even 5 or 6 quid I'd still buy them. Fuss free to use and delivers results. I love using them and they really do work at unclogging pores. My Mum used one once and was horrified. They don't just remove blackheads but they really do remove grease from the surface of the skin which makes me wonder do they really remove deep down grime? My thoughts on this are yes they must do. If they remove blackheads they can do that as well! A real bargain! I love them and wouldn't want to be without them.