A while ago I bought a few beauty things from TK Maxx and found these Jeju Volcanic Lava Aloe Nose Strips from The Face Shop for £4.99 for this pack of seven. I’m not sure on the original price of these but I do find that nose strips help my skin a lot if I use them every month or so and I know that my skin seems to get on with aloe products so I thought I’d give them a go. I went into my local TK Maxx yesterday and saw them in the store so they are still around at this price if you can find them.
These nose strips are the standard style where you wet your nose and apply the strip across before leaving it to harden and peeling it off. There’s something satisfying about peeling these things off and seeing what they’ve removed. It’s a bit gross but I find it interesting anyway. These from The Face Shop have volcanic ash, aloe extract and soy bean extract which isn’t a combination I’ve tried before for these, they’re normally charcoal based.
The outer box for these is fairly neutral looking, maybe it’s the sketch style art on the front but it feels like it’s supposed to be a traditional style product rather than modern. It has information on the back in both Korean, French and English along with a helpful row of diagrams if none of these is your first language. There’s an area where a sticker must have been on it that makes it hard to read but they’re easy to use so you don’t have to worry if the same has happened to a pack you buy.
The inner packaging, the sachets that hold the individual nose strips, are an unusual colour for a western product but it seems to be fairly common in Korean products I’ve seen. It’s a sort of taupe colour, which would actually look ok out by itself in a bathroom if you wanted to store them out on the side. The individual sachets also have all the information on the back so you don’t actually need to keep the box, it just helps me to keep them all in one place, as the card does get to look quite scruffy easily, especially in a humid place like a bathroom.
The nose strips themselves are smaller than the ones I normally use, not that much but it’s more obvious when you actually use them. They also don’t have the normal slits at the point where the strip sits on the bridge of your nose but, again, this doesn’t make any difference to use, it actually makes applying them easier for me but that depends on the shape of your nose I guess.
When using these it was pretty much as normal, though I did find that they seemed to stay stuck better than the ones I normally use. Maybe that’s because they didn’t go as far across my cheeks so I didn’t have them moving if I moved my face. They did take ten minutes to dry but I left them for fifteen just to be safe.
Removing them was easy, and actually less painful than quite a few others. I didn’t get that much out of the part that was on my nose so I wasn’t sure if they’d worked well, but when I looked at the bits that went onto my cheeks and the edge of my nose you could see it had removed quite a bit. If you want to see more then click the photo to make it bigger, I kept it small in case it’s too gross for people.
One thing I did find with these was that it left a bit of residue on my nose, not that much but it had stuck to my skin too well and came off the paper backing when I pulled it off. I had to wash the excess off and I definitely felt a difference where it had stuck. It had that overly squeaky clean feeling whereas the rest of my nose felt smooth. In the long term there’s not difference between the parts of my nose so it didn’t do anything negative, just something I thought I’d mention.
Overall I’m very happy with these nose strips and if I saw them again in TK Maxx when I was looking for some I’d happily buy them. They left my nose clean, were easy to use and didn’t feel like they were pulling my skin when they were drying, some seem to feel like they’re shrinking and I don’t like that feeling. If you’re on the lookout for nose strips and in a TK Maxx then I’d say these are worth picking up. They’re not easy to find in the UK but if you’re somewhere where they’re easily available they’re worth trying too.