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Dec 29, 2008

Lepoze Esthe Gommage Lepoze Blackhead Cleaning Nose Gel L’epoze Esthe Gommage aka Lepoze Blackhead Cleaning Nose Gel Review

I was going through product with my best friend Jai on Friday and I realized that I never truly dove into the ridiculous amount of Asian skincare bits and bobs I stash around my bathroom. As we went through it I suddenly had the idea that I needed to share ridiculous Asian skincare products with the beauty blogging world!

The Muse is a self proclaimed Lush lover for all good things skincare but she's been known to tempt the hands of faith and indulge it stupid amounts of Asian products that are both useless and items she can't live without.

Here was an untapped territory for Musings of a Muse readers that I haven't yet covered aside from a few minor bits and bobs. Hey, who could forget the Sony Black Head Off Stick I reviewed a few months ago right? Imagine the amount of other crazy rubbish I have hanging around from Japan, Korea, and Taiwan!

So the Muse (and kinda sorta Jai) came out with the idea to review all the items I have stashed in my washroom that I use daily or use once a week or maybe kinda used once. Who doesn't want to hear about more Asian products right? I know I never get tired of 'em! And since my obsession with cosmetics is fully established here why not delve deeper and get into all the good skincare bits you can find that work and mmm sometimes don't work.

Anyway speaking of blackheads and that weird black head off stick how about I start my review up with L’epoze Esthe Gommage aka L'epoze Blackhead Cleaning Nose Gel which makes big promises to remove dirt, oil, and pesky little black heads from deep inside the pores of my nose.

Whoa.



Hey, like all good things that sounds too good to be true...normally are...and you guessed it...this is WAY too good to be true!

I deem L'epoze Blackhead Cleaning Nose Gel a glorified version of a Biore Nose Strip, granted it doesn't work nearly as well as a Biore Nose Strip but I do deem it glorified because that sounds important and stuff. The Muse makes this stuff up as she goes along so just deal with it.





So what is it anyway? It's basically a paste that you apply on your nose (they have a version for your face as well but I'll tell you about that gem another day) and it dries to a clay like consistency wrapping your nose in a warm cocoon for 10-15 minutes (timing is entirely up to you). As you sit and wait the paste dries to a harder slightly crumbly texture which after a considerable wait you'll be rubbing off. Yup, no water here folks! Simply rub the mask off and as you rub supposedly dirt, oil, and evil, nasty blackheads all go bye-bye.





Yea well....this Muse looked close and the pesky blackheads on her nose are still there....as for oil and dirt....who knows as my nose wasn't dirty or oily going into this joint.

In reality the mask kinda sorta works like a Biore Nose Strip once dry however it doesn't quite have the power that a simple nose strip has. Why that is I'll never know. Personally I feel like a nose strip really digs in deep and adheres well to all the gunk on my nose and lifts it clear away where as this is simply rubbing off and not really adhering to anything that I can see. I guess if you'd like a gentle version of a nose strip this may work out well especially if you have larger pores or even an oily nose area.

The moral of the story is that you'll run across many similiar masks in and around Asian drugstores but I haven't really run across one that works. If you want my two cents I say stick with simple nose strips as they work a treat. Lepoze Blackhead Cleansing Nose Gel retails for around $6-7 USD or so which is what I paid for it however I have seen it retailing for about $10-$12 USD on Evil-bay and other online retailers. Honestly, if you can find it cheap it might be worth taking a look at but personally I think it's a bit of a waste. This is made my a company called PD-C which also happens to put out a rather awesome brand called Soda Salon...I'll be bringing you some fab reviews from Soda Salon soon. It's nice to know that PD-C may have failed miserably with the entire Lepoze range of product but they do excel at a few other brands they have out on the market.

Blackheads on your nose?

The Muse says skip the mask and go straight for the strips! You'll thank me for it later!

And yes of course you get gratuitous idiot shots of the Muse wearing the mask...would I disappoint you?





I feel like I should be saying "hey dude, surfs up man!" with this mask on my nose! I happen to have great ones of Jai too but sadly he won't let me share them with anyone but his adoring public aka his boyfriend...le sigh....that just sucks as he looked way better in the mask than the Muse did!

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20 Comments:

Blogger Kaoru said...

Ahh pore strips. Whatever would I do without you *caresses box of pore strips*.

Interesting product. Too bad it doesn't work as well as it claims.

Have you seen the new Bobbi Brown Brights Eye Palette?! I want it soo bad XD!

December 29, 2008 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger Haru said...

Dear Izzy,

Thanks for an utterly hilarious post! Love how cute you look in the pics!

By the way, have you used Kate Somerville skincare before? I just placed an order on their website where you can get a free Exfolikate (US$85) with any US$200 order! The offer expires 31 December. Just thought you may like to know ;-)

December 29, 2008 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger Zoe said...

You know that seems to just be a clay mask for the nose LOL.... clay will get rid of oily skin make it soft and you can just rub/peel it off without water.... and from your pics it kinda looks like white clay LOL .... just buy facial clay its cheaper... and makes your skin soft!!!! it wont get rid of blackheads though!!!!

December 29, 2008 at 11:35 PM  
Blogger JennBee said...

Oooh, I've heard strips are really bad for your skin - they only get a small amount of the blackhead and leave everything else, so it's only a temporary fix. Plus they're REALLY harsh, as anyone who's tried one can probably say - ouch! But it's just my personal preference not to use them. I'm still on the hunt for something that really works. :) Thanks for the heads up about these!

December 30, 2008 at 1:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Izzy,

I'm not sure if you're aware that Cozycot has reproduced your blog posts on their forum.
http://forums.cozycot.com/forumdisplay.php?f=152

They've done it to my blog too and I just sent them a stern email asking them to take it down.

Just thought you should know.
Iris

December 30, 2008 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger MiuMiu said...

Hi there Muse!
I ran to my nearest Etude to check out the new collection after reading it on Kathi's page. I think you should rush on over to g-market and get it get it get it!!! I only got the blush pearls. It's some some niccccce pearly shimmer to it!
The other 2 items (the mini kit and lipgloss) are rather small, so I dunno if it'll be worth it =/
Happy New Year!

December 30, 2008 at 7:38 AM  
Anonymous Nell said...

HEHE, great pics!

December 30, 2008 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey Kaoru!

lol I hear ya!

meh not at all :P it really doesn't have that YANK and PULL that strips have :)

I have indeed...I'm debating as it is matte...hmmmm....!

December 30, 2008 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey iris!

What's up my dear girl? hehe glad you enjoyed it *hugs*

Be honest..I look idiotic lol!

I tried the scrub before but nothing else..I'm all over getting something free though....must go look and see if I can haul up $200 to get my free scrub...hmmmmmm! I've been wanting to try the eye cream so here's a good excuse!

Thanks babe!

December 30, 2008 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey Zo!

LOL sadly facial clay and this crap can't rid me of pesky, evil blackheads :P You're probably right that's it's just cheaper to buy facial clay lol!

December 30, 2008 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi jenn!

are they? I've always used 'em without any probs. It is a temp fix but it's kinda the best option I've come across aside from going to the derm.

They are kinda harsh and I def don't rec for sensitive skin but I don't mind much.

I'm always hunting for better options but strips are the best I've come across so far :)

December 30, 2008 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

unreal Iris! I was so mad when I seen this. I contacted duckiee and the cozy admin who did you email?

December 30, 2008 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi MiuMiu!

yayyayayaya! I seen Kathi's review and I was quite excited. I asked a friend to cp it for me as well as the new cleansing oils :)
Review soon I hope!

Thanks for the heads up!

Hope you're well!

Happy New Year!

December 30, 2008 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

lol nell!

let it me known the Muse isn't scared of making herself look like an ass!

:D

December 30, 2008 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger aestheticcoo said...

Hi there! I hope you had a great holiday! I'm wasting time on vacation with no complaints:) I've been thinking about picking up the biore strips again (I've used these years ago but didn't really like the pain of pulling these off). But, I just realized that when I properly take care of my skin, I usually have minimal blackheads. I think this is due to a nightly dose of 8% alpha hydroxy gel and yes! my beloved Clarisonic:). Cause when I'm lazy, blackheads are abundant on my nose and the rest of my face. It's a terrifying reality when I see it up close in a magnifying mirror. Why these were invented, I'll never understand!
I'm really looking forward to this series of review:)Thanks!

December 30, 2008 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger Ghoulina said...

How do you manage to look so adorable with that stuff on your nose?! ^_^

December 30, 2008 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Hi!

I'm new to your blog, and I love your reviews! :)

I'm not dissing Asian products because I am Asian for one! But based on personal experience, beauty items from Chinese drugstores rarely do work. I still go for the diamond peel at the spa once or twice a year. Or the regular pore strip. :D

December 30, 2008 at 11:39 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi aestheticcoo!

I'm so glad your holiday went well :) Enjoy your time off!
Lucky enough I have minimal blackheads as well and just ones that I get on my nose on occasion.

Sadly, I had high hopes for my clarisonic but it honestly failed me big time :(

LOL magnified mirrors should be outlawed I agree :)

Aw my pleasure I'm quite pleased you'll be reading the upcoming reviews!
Cheers and Happy New Year!

December 31, 2008 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

aw shucks thanks ghoulina *blush* Hugs!

December 31, 2008 at 7:17 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi anna!

Welcome :) thank you so so much! Glad you're enjoying your time here!

Asian skincare/drugstore products are hit and miss for me. I have found quite a few that work but some that are completely pointless and make me giggle lol!

I haven't had a peel in a while but I must say good old finished peels are def the way to go ;)

Thanks for the comment! Hope to talk to you again soon!

Hugs and Happy New Year!

December 31, 2008 at 7:19 AM  

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