Pinbusters – Homemade Biore Strips

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This Pin claims that you can make a facial mask from gelatin and milk, that when peeled off, works like a Biore strip.  The first step is buying unflavored gelatin.  I don’t know about you, but I had NO idea this product existed.  It opens up a whole new world of jello (shot) possibilities!  So even if this miraculously cheap faux-Biore doesn’t work, at least I have that.

Here is where you can find said unflavored gelatin – hanging out with his flavored friends:

Psst! I’m up here! Top left!

Can you see that price?  $1.49 per package, so I bought two just in case.  Not for homemade Jello shots, Mom!  (OMG imagine the flavor possibilities.  I am going to use Crystal Light packages – sugar free Jello shots!!!  Update:  The Boy pointed at that sugar-free Jello already exists.  Hmmm.  Good point.)

I gathered my ingredients, and it cannot get much simpler:

The instructions say to use a disposable container, so I cut off the top half of a cup.  When I opened the box – surprise! – there are four separate pouches of gelatin in there, and with two boxes, we now have quite a surplus of unflavored gelatin.  One pouch is one tablespoon, so you actually don’t need to measure it.  I mixed in 1.5 tablespoons of milk (why not water?) until I achieved this chunky paste, which happened really quickly:

I then, um, squished it all over my face.

Do I look pretty yet?

It doesn’t necessarily “spread” like a lotion, so I quickly moved over to the sink to catch the falling gelatin chunks.  The Boy was having quite a good laugh at my expense as he played photographer.  If nothing else, it was funny:

How about now?

I am currently sitting on the couch typing this and in the time it has taken (17 minutes), my face feels like it might shatter.  It certainly feels like a Biore strip on my entire face, despite the large hilarious chunks.  Here goes nothing.

WOW.  Well.  I am not sure where to begin.  First, ouch.  It hurts, but you can’t rip it off all at once like a real strip.  Instead, it comes off in infuriatingly small chunks. One. Chunk. At. A. Time. Hypothetically, IF you could get a good portion to peel off all at once, you MIGHT have the desired effect.  Instead, I picked and peeled for 8.5 minutes and ended up with this:

and this:

When I finally gave up, after giving it the good old college try, I went to wash it off.  The gelatin laughed at water.  It scoffed at my face soap.  I finally had to get a washcloth, soak it with hot water, and SCRUB my face.  More ouch.

I can’t decide if there was something wrong with my recipe and technique, or if the blogger who wrote that post is laughing hysterically and cheers-ing her girlfriends while they revel in the fantastic trick they just pulled on all of the Pin-iverse.  Update:  I just peeled a chunk off the back of my hand and my t-shirt.

Review:  It you rub gelatin all over your face, you will end up with nothing but shame, disappointment, a red face, and if you are lucky, a Dirty dog that licks the leftover gelatin off while a Boy makes you pizza rolls to cheer you up.  There is a very good reason why Biore has the corner on this market.  Don’t ever question it again.  Cut coupons for your Biore strips and be grateful that they exist.  Or have clogged pores!! Really either option is better than what I just endured.  I fully expect to wake up tomorrow morning broken out in a facial rash due to a previously unknown allergy to gelatin.  That would be just my luck.

(I want to go back and change the title of this post to “Ouch, Ouch, You’re on My Face,” but I worry that would be a spoiler.)

This PIN is SO BUSTED, but at least I can experiment with Jello shots.  And for that I thank you, Bill Cosby.

(P.S. I attempted this a second time, with a slightly different technique here – check it out!)

5 thoughts on “Pinbusters – Homemade Biore Strips

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  2. You’re supposed to put it in the microwave before you put it on your face. 10 seconds is enough. that turns it from that pasty texture to a smooth, gel-ish texture. When it came out I just stirred it up really well for about 3 seconds (it specified in the instructions I read to work VERY quickly). It was still very liquidy when I started applying. I used my finger to apply since I wasn’t sure how hot it was. I had to let it dry for about 15 minutes, you’ll know when it’s done because it feels like you’re face can’t move at all lol. Literally, this worked at least twice as well as regular biore strips!! I really think you should try again. I didn’t follow the recipe either, i just added some gelatin and then some warm water until it had a half chunky/half smooth consistency.

    • I suspected I had done something wrong, but the tutorial I read said nothing about microwaving it! Thanks, Sarah! While I am hesitant to try it again, given the pain I endured last time, I am willing to do it in the name of science and Pinbusting. Stop by next week for a post about take two. :)

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  4. I’m a cosmetologist….the reason it hurts is bc your pulling out your facial hair. Biore strips are meant for blackheads and should just be put on your ‘t zone’, not on your upper lip or cheeks….that’s where it hurts, bc that’s where our facial hair grows! That’s why they only make forehead, nose and chin biore strips. I say try again JUST where you have blackheads. This should be a spot treatment, not a mask.

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