Nosy Issues

Whether you are a fan of nose strips, believe in the black mask power, or use balm-like products, you will most likely agree that keeping your nose area free of those annoying black heads must be on the skin care list. You don’t even have to use make up every day to get those pores clogged; environmental impurities will do that for you.

I’ll be honest, I choose nose strips 99% of the times. But when I saw the cute Pig-Nose scrub and balm, I couldn’t help myself. Plus, who could refuse a good deal at Winners? A few weeks ago, my nose cleansing routine got enhanced with a steamer from the series, and I got a request on Instagram to review all the Pig products by Holika Holika currently in my possession. Yours truly is happy to oblige 🙂


So Step 1: removing make-up with the balm (my personal preference)

I enjoy the feeling of make up melting away when applying this balm. Its oily texture is super smooth and does an amazing job of removing BB cream, highlighters and mascara (not sure if it would do the same for waterproof one though). At first, I was washing it away with lukewarm water, but the last couple of times, I’ve been removing everything with a cotton pad, and I find the latter option works better for me.


Some users do advise to use the balm after a cleanser and locally (which may be its original, intended purpose), to treat black heads only. I personally find it has a much broader use 🙂 Feel free to experiment and find your own way to enjoy this product if you choose so!

Contents: Mineral Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, PEG-10 Isostearate, Polyethylene, Trihydroxystearin, Fragrance(Parfum), Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe, Water, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Moroccan Lava Clay, Kaolin, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Rose

This product is free from: sulfates, tea, peg, coal tar, propylene glycol, talc, sodium lauryl sulfate, formaldehyde, phthalates, formaldehyde-releasers, mit, dye, alcohol, triclosan, silicones.

However, keep in mind that there are still 5 different kinds of paraben used in this product’s formula, as well as polyethylene, which is essentially plastic to be mindful of! While I do enjoy the balm, I must disclose that I am not allergic to any of the components and have never had any adverse reactions to them. Having said that, we are all different and so is our skin. I do NOT use this product on a daily basis (mostly to limit my skin’s exposure to those “be-aware-of” ingredients). And as always, I encourage you to check the contents before applying anything directly to your skin! Use the hyperlinks I include in the content section as your starting point in learning what goes into your skincare 🙂

Step 1: option 2 🙂


If you’d rather stick to traditional cleansing foams, this one works very well. Compared to a few other Korean brand cleansers I have, this one doesn’t dry my skin. You can find a detailed review of this product in one of my IG posts 🙂

Contents: Water, Stearic Acid, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Lauric Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Myristic Acid, Lauramide DEA, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-75, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Methylparaben*, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben*, BHT, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Butylene Glycol, Placental Protein, Phenoxyethanol*, Ethylhexylglycerin, CI 17200, Fragrance

Step 2: intensifying the initial cleanse with the scrub


I find the sugar scrub of this line super smooth. Even though the granules are not extra fine, more on the medium scale, the overall feeling the scrub leaves is that of mild exfoliation. It seems to be melting when massaged into skin and leaves skin silky smooth to the touch and not dry. While I love the feeling of clean yet moisturized skin, I didn’t see immediate results when it comes to removing black heads. For the nose area, I still choose to stick to my nose strips for a more thorough cleanse.

Contents: Sucrose, Petrolatum, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Microcrystalline Wax, Isododecane, Mineral Oil, Sorbitol*, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Polyethylene*, Cetyl Alcohol, Trihydroxystearin*, PEG-23 Stearate, Ceteareth-20, Oleth-5, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol*, Methylparaben*, Fragrance(Parfum), Propylene Carbonate, Moroccan Lava Clay*, Kaolin*, Aloe*, Water, Potassium Sorbate*, Sodium Benzoate*, Butylparaben*, Ethylparaben*, Isobutylparaben*, Propylparaben*, Rose

*See previous entry for details.

This product is free from: triclosan, peg, coal tar, mit, formaldehyde, tea, formaldehyde-releasers, silicones, alcohol, propylene glycol, talc, sodium lauryl sulfate, dye, sulfates, phthalates.

Since this product contains Ceteareth, I advice against using it on damaged skin, i.e. sunburn, cuts, acne etc.

Step 3: all attention on pores!


After the oily cleanse, I prepare my nose for the nose strips with the steamer. It has a similar light oily formula (transparent gel-like substance really) with a pleasant smell that produces warm feeling without burning & skin irritation. I’d classify it as a mild skin care product suitable for those with sensitive and dry skin prone to irritation (just like your’s truly). Another thing I greatly appreciate about this product is its non-sticky texture. I usually put it on and massage for a few minutes and then wash everything off with warm water to keep those pores open.

Contents: Glycerin*, Butylene Glycol*, Phenoxyethanol*, Methylparaben*, Carbomer*, Triethanolamine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fragrance(Parfum), Moroccan Lava Clay*, Kaolin*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Water, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Potassium Sorbate*, Sodium Benzoate*, Butylparaben*, Ethylparaben*, Isobutylparaben*, Propylparaben*

*See previous entry for details.

Step 4: nose strip is on!

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These pretty pink cotton stickers are amazing. My nose-cleansing-journey started with Biore products, and compared to those, I choose Pig-Nose any time! At first, I didn’t think they would work because you know… I was used to the moisture-sucking, glue-like grip of the other drugstore bought nose strips. These beauties seemed to be too “weak” the first time I tried them. Well what do you know…. they work! I am not going to post any of those “Look-what-was-in-my-pores” pictures or videos, but I am going to say this: whatever was in mine, got taken out lol And they didn’t hurt, which is an amazing bonus for such a rough cleanse. A disclaimer: I’ve been using these nose strips along with the above described products (and in this specific order), so results may vary depending on how you choose to apply these.

Contents: Water, PVP, Dimethicone Copolyol, Kaolin*, Titanium Dioxide, VP/ VA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben*, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract*, CI 17200*

*See previous entry for details.



And this is my Pig-Collagen Jelly Pack, review in details in my IG post 🙂

Let me know if you’ve had a similar (or different) experience with this skincare line!

Yours truly,



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