REVIEW: Glam Works Charcoal Nose Pore Strips

Hello! It’s been quite a while since I last posted a review even though I’ve been using a lot of new products lately just for the purpose of reviewing them. How productive was that?

Anyway, if you’re subscribed to my blog feed or have liked my page on Facebook, you will know that I’ve done 2 reviews already of Glam Works nose pore strips variants–the classic and the green tea variant. To complete the set, I bought the charcoal variant for review. I was also curious since, lately, fusing charcoal with different skin care products has become a fad.

Fast Facts

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Price:
Php 109.00 for 12 strips

Where: 
Watsons

Duration: 
10-15 minutes

Suggested usage: 
1-2 times a week with at least a 3-day interval

Product description/claims:
(1) instantly remove pore-clogging dirt, oil, and blackheads; (2) charcoal absorbs into the pores on the skin and draws out the dirt and oils that are blocking the pores; and (3) help reduce the appearance of pores with regular use.

Ingredients: 
deionized water, polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), glycerol, ethyl alcohol, PVP, BHT, activated charcoal, dipotassium glycyrrhizate

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Both the back of the box and the back of individual packs have instructions on how to use, ingredients, and other info on the product, which is very helpful.

Impressions

If all charcoal products are like this, then I wouldn’t buy any other product that contains charcoal. In short, I was disappointed with this variant.

Strength

It’s about strength. I’ve said this before with the two other variants, that they’re strength in removing blackheads and whiteheads were just so-so, but it gets the job done if you’re doing it alone. However, with this variant, I did not feel much of a pull and the result was considerably less than when I’m using the other variants. Maybe it’s the adhesive, but that’s what’s supposed to suck out the suckers, right?

Scent

The scent of the charcoal variant is pretty much the same as the classic variant–chemical-ish, although much diluted than the classic. I have no complaints in this department since I’m already used to this type of smell.

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Application

The application does not differ with the other variants–you wet your nose, apply the strip, wait for 10 to 15 minutes, and then you pull. It’s always good to have straightforward instructions. There’s no confusion to be had. But with my experience in this one having less of a pull, I thought that I used the wrong side or probably forgot to remove an additional layer before placing it on my nose. Sadly, I did everything perfectly. It was the product that just failed. 🙁

Verdict: 4/10

You can see that I’m really disappointed in this product. It didn’t come up to the standards and promises it claimed. Little was removed and there wasn’t much of a pull in terms of sucking out blackheads or whiteheads. Except for the edgy feel that the word charcoal and the color black evinces, there is little to be said of Glam Works Charcoal Nose Pore Strips.

However, if you’ve tried this and liked it, then good for you. I guess I’m just used to the stronger classic and green tea variants to be satisfied with this one. I just thought that this was a waste of my money.

Will I buy this again? You can already guess than my answer is no. I will be sticking to the other 2 variants unless a new formulation for this variant will come out.

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Have you tried Glam Works nose pore strips? Which variant do you like?

Favorite Skin Care Products

Since I shared my not too glamorous pictures about my pimples, I’ve been asked by some about the skin care products that I use to prevent the pimples from coming back.

At the outset, there is no “one size fits all” type of skin care products. You must always observe your skin, what irritates it, what works well with it. Once you’ve found what’s hiyang or good for your skin, stick with it. Why fix what isn’t broken?

As for myself, these are my favorite skin care products that help curb and lessen the appearance of my pimples.

favorite skin care products

As much as possible, I choose products that are organic or have only natural products.

1. Tea Tree Oil (The Body Shop)

Tea tree oil extract is widely known as a topical antiseptic, commonly used to treat pimples. I’ve been using this since I was in college and it does great work on zit control. Compared to benzoyl peroxide, which is a chemical, tea tree oil is natural and therefore, safer on the skin.

Alternative: Acne Defense Solution Gel (Human Nature)

2. Overnight Elixir (Human Nature)

As the name suggests, I use this product before I go to sleep. It’s a combination of 9 essential oils–rosehip oil, passion fruit seed oil, soybean oil, lavender oil, avocado oil, elemi oil, rosemary oil, sunflower seed oil, and natural vitamin E. Simply put, these 9 active ingredients work together to restore the skin to its healthiest state. I especially love the scent of this product and the feel of my skin the next day.

Alternative: Pumpkin Sleeping Pack (Too Cool For School)

3. Sunflower Beauty Oil (Human Nature)

A too dry skin is as much prone to pimples as one that’s too oily so whenever I find my skin getting a drier than usual, especially the areas outside my T-zone, I balance it out with this. It’s not as concentrated as the overnight elixir (so it’s cheaper) so it’s easily absorbed by my skin. Contrary to its name, it’s not as oily and perfect to apply before or after my moisturizer.

Alternative: None. It’s that great! But you may want to know other ways you can use it here.

4. Tea Tree Pore Minimiser (The Body Shop)

Although it’s marketed as a primer and so is technically part of the “makeup/beauty” category, this product still makes my list. I use it as an added layer of protection over my T-zone area before applying makeup (which may or may not have chemicals that can harm or tire my skin). It also curbs my skin’s oil production to an extent so that I don’t look as greasy. And because there is less oil, there is less clogging of the pores.

Alternative: None. I haven’t found a primer that can compete with this.

5. Tea Tree Blotting Tissues (The Body Shop)

For times when my glands work overtime in oil production, I resort to oil blotters. One infused with tea tree oil is always a better option. Sadly, this one’s blotters are smaller in size compared to other normal oil blotters so I limit my use to those days when I know I’m extra prone to breakouts.

Alternative: Gatsby’s oil blotter. I make sure not to buy those with powder. They only contribute to the clogging of my pores.

6. Pore Strips (Glam Works)

Having open pores, I’m very familiar with black heads and since they are prequels to pimples, it’s best to get rid of them. I normally use Glam Works Green Tea Nose pore strips (see review here) because the green tea extract helps reduce skin inflammation and prevent skin irritation, among others. However, I use pore strips sparingly only since using them leaves the pores open for a time after removing the black heads. You must take extra care to avoid touching your nose. If you wish, you can rub an ice cube to close the pores but I don’t usually do this I’m not always sure about the cleanliness of the ice cube. 😉

Alternative: Other variants of Glam Works such as the Classic and Charcoal.

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Pimple problems? What products do you use to prevent and/or get rid of those pesky zits? Share them in the comments below and we can all learn from each other.

Review: Glam Works Green Tea Nose Pore Strips

Another long day and it’s my nose again that got my attention. But instead of using my the Classic Nose Pore Strips of Glam Works which I reviewed last May, I tried out the green tea variant. Apparently, I bought this long before I got the classic variant. I must have stashed this one in my drawers and forgot about it.

Anyway, let’s begin:

Fast Facts

Nose Strip Green Tea

Price:
Php 109.00 for 12 strips

Where: 
Watsons

Duration: 
10-15 minutes

Suggested usage: 
1-2 times a week with at least a 3-day interval

Product description/claims:
(1) instantly remove pore-clogging dirt, oil, and blackheads; (2) has antibacterial properties (from green tea extract) that help thoroughly cleanse the pores; and (3) help reduce the appearance of pores with regular use.

Ingredients: 
deionized water, polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), ethyl alcohol, glycerine, hamamelis virginiana, PVP, camelia sinensis leaf extract, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, BHT, fragrance, CI 61565

Impressions

If you noticed from my review of Glam Works Classic Nose Pore Strips, there is a difference in price. Please don’t get confused. Both variants are priced the same. I bought my green tea variant at Php 99.00. I think it was sometime after I bought the classic variant that Watsons upped the price.

Added Benefits

That having been said, between the classic and green tea variant, I’d have to say I like this one better. Frankly, it’s the scent. Whereas the classic has no scent whatsoever, Glam Works Green Tea Nose Pore Strips has a wonderful fragrance of green. Plus, the addition of green tea extract gives added benefits such as reducing inflammation or skin irritation, promotion of collagen to maintain the elasticity of the skin, skin cell protection due to its antioxidants, etc. For just the same price, this variant is the better choice.

Just to share a bit, I actually used the strip one time despite having a nasty pimple on my nose. It’s precisely due to the pimple that I used the strip. After removing, for the next 3 days, I also applied tea tree oil extract on my pimple. Voila! The red bump is gone! I’ll just have to continue treating the mark so prevent discoloration. Amazing how green tea extract and tea tree oil can work wonders. But that’s another story. 😉

Strength

However, much like the classic variant, the strength and effectiveness in removing blackheads is just satisfactory. I’m not quite the expert on de-clogging pores but I base my opinion on what’s still left and not on what has been removed. Granted, it does its job to an extent but I’d rather it be able to remove more.

Application

It’s pretty much straight to the point. Wet your nose, stick the strip, and then wait for about 10-15 minutes before removing it. Remember: don’t touch the nose area after removing the strip. Don’t get it wet as well. The pores are still open and it’s best to wait several more minutes before continuing with your nightly routine.

Verdict: 9/10

It’s 9/10 only to show that I prefer this than the classic. There are other nose pore strips by Glam Works. They have charcoal and a pack that contains only chin and forehead strips. I’ll have to try the chin and forehead strips. I tried using the nose strips on my forehead but it felt weird and I’m not sure if I got the needed result. It felt like I had my forehead waxed! XD

Will I buy this again? Yes! I might try other brands as well to be able to make a comparison.

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Do you have a go-to nose pore strip brand/product you’d like to share? Let me know what you think. 🙂

Review: Glam Works Classic Nose Pore Strips

After a long day at work, of calling and coordinating with people, of scheduling and cancelling meetings, of attending meetings, and of making reports, all I wanted to say was: Can I please rest?

But alas, work will continue sporadically through the night and probably over the weekend still. My only respite would be my time with friends and family, which for now, I need to consciously schedule.

For the few minutes that I have now in between calls and other forms of communications (I no longer have or can make time for a few minutes of exercise today), I decided, while my eyes are still tired from reading and typing on the computer (because I can’t get it wet as it is), to try out–finally–Glam Works Classic Nose Pore Strips.

The reason for choosing this as a moment’s rest is completely random. I just saw the box sitting on my vanity table (for the longest time) and thought: It’s about time I try it out. So I did.

Fast Facts

Glam Works Nose Strip

Price: Php 99.00
Where: Watsons
Content: 12 white strips
Duration: 10-15 minutes
Frequency: Twice a week with at least 3 days interval
Strength: So-so

Impressions

The box and each strip pack contain directions of use, caution, and ingredients, which I believe is worth mentioning in case there are those who buy the strips per piece. I especially like the fact that it’s specific as to frequency as well as when it comes to emergency situations like having left the strip for too long it won’t come off! The caution includes also a statement for those with sensitive skin, as I am part of that group.

Scent

The nose strip emits a distinct scent once applied to the skin. It’s not unpleasant but not fragrant either. It’s just distinct. It reminded me of the long strips applied by my dermatologist when I was in elementary school (I already had acne at that young an age). But the smell of the nose strips of Glam Works is more tolerable than my dermatologists.

Application

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In terms of application, it was so-so as it was not complicated. Just make sure that the pointy part should point down your nose and not the other way around, sort of like a “U” or “V” and not an “A” type shape. Then, just time yourself between 10-15 minutes.

Strength

In my opinion, based on having the nose strip on my nose for about 12 minutes, the nose strip pulled out the whiteheads more than the blackheads. So in that aspect, the “Remove Blackheads” portion in its caption might need some reviewing. There were still a number of blackheads left although the removal of the whiteheads was significant enough to leave my nose feeling smoother than it was before.

I’d show you a picture of the underside of the nose strip after use but that would just be gross, I think.

Pulling the nose strip off was not painful but then my threshold for pain is high. I do think that there wouldn’t be any teary eyes after usage.

Verdict: 8/10

Will I buy this again? Yes, but I might try other products first to see how they fair.