Review: Holika Holika Lazy & Easy Egg Smooth Egg Peeling Gel & Soda Pore Cleansing O2 Bubble Mask

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As I’ve mentioned before, I adore exfoliating peels! Back in November while I was in Korea I picked up a bunch of stuff, including a few items from Holika Holika’s Gudetama collection, including the peeling gel pictured above. While I was in the store, the sales assistant and I were talking about my other skin concerns – in this case, big pores – and she pointed out the Soda Pore Cleansing bubble mask. I was sold on it immediately when she showed me how it works! I’d seen regular foaming cleansers before, but those only become foam when you lather it up. This one comes out of the pump bottle as a regular thick liquid but as soon as you spread it across your skin it starts to bubble up and turn into foam! You’re only supposed to leave it on for two minutes, I believe, and then wash it off. It works as both a regular cleanser but is especially efficient at getting gunk out of pores.

I’ll get into the details of these products as I explain how I fit these products into today’s skincare routine 🙂

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Skincare Diary // 2017.05.03

Oh dear. My poor skin.

On Wednesday, I tried to aggressively deal with the blackheads clogging up my massive pores and ended up scrubbing my nose and cheeks so raw any makeup I applied afterwards to that area stung my skin. My bad for doing such an intense cleansing early in the day instead of at night….

love Holika Holika’s line of “pig nose” products aimed at reducing blackheads, sebum, and pore size. I’ve been using those products for years with positive results. My problem was combining them with the SkinFood Egg White Pore Foam, which I scrubbed into my nose using a thick-bristled brush from Nature Republic, and finishing it off with SkinFood’s very astringent Cooling Toner. I have used all those products in the past with success but the SkinFood ones are really heavy duty especially on my sensitive skin and I think I really overdid it with the little scrub brush. It was probably not a good idea to use two different exfoliants on my nose, but I was really irritated with the buildup of sebum and persistent blackheads.

Afterwards, I treated my whole face with my usual Innisfree The Minimum Toner and Super Aqua Max moisturizer cream, and used the Nature Republic aloe eye gel under my eyes for extra care.

Skincare Diary // 2017.05.02

When I got up today (I’m not going to say “this morning”, because that would be a lie – I may have woken up in the A.M. but I doubt I peeled myself out of bed until noonish) my skin felt oily and the pores still seemed as large as last night. So, this is how I (eventually) dealt with that!

  • Innisfree Wine Peeling Jelly Softener
  • Etude House Wonder Pore Freshner 7-in-1 (sample mini bottle)
  • Nature Republic Californian Aloe Vera 74 Cooling Eye Serum
  • SkinFood Fresh Apple Smooth Pore Cream

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Skincare diary

As someone whose body likes to throw tantrums and rebel at the drop of a very sensitive hat, I spend a lot of time taking care of my skin. I think of it as a way of reminding my flesh vessel just who’s really in charge around here – something between a self care ritual and a stern talking-to. Is it weird to refer to my body as a partially discrete entity from “myself”? It feels like I’m treating my own body as a separate object in order to anthropomorphize it – when of course it’s something that is already, naturally, person-shaped.

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Escape to the library

About 40 cm of snow fell on Montreal in the past 48 hours. I didn’t leave the house at all yesterday – I’d planned to, for personal satisfaction and a sense of productivity – but when I saw how hard the wind was blowing and how ceaseless the snowstorm was – I gave up.

Today, though, I had to get out.

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A memory

I like to keep myself at a high level of stimulation. Usually this means multitasking – listening to music or spoken word or a tv show in the background while I browse the internet or cook or tidy my room. I get around by walking and public transit and you’ll never find me out and about without headphones in. I’m likely to be listening to something at nearly any given point in time, unless I’m socializing or sleeping or showering. Most of the time what I listen to is podcasts and audiobooks. I’ve been an avid reader since childhood but over the last few years I’ve started favoring audio-based media consumption over text – not that I don’t read a lot online, but I rarely read fiction for pleasure when I can get my hands on an audiobook version instead.

Among my roster of favorite podcasts subscriptions is No Such Thing As A Fish which is, as they say on their website, “a weekly podcast in which the QI researchers share their most interesting recent discoveries”. I’ve been listening to this podcast for several years now, but somehow I’ve come to firmly associate their theme music and especially the little clip they use as to transition between sections with one particular sense memory.

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