Tonight I made the horrible decision of ordering Five Guys. Now ordinarily I would never dare say those words, but when you have 45 minutes and plan to do a 25 minute mask, you need to be smart. I had to run all over the place to get my wallet and food just so I could feel bloated and greasy.

But it was so good.

My third skincare review is actually one of my favorite brands, Boscia. I love basically every product I’ve tried. Regularly I’ll use the Exfoliating Peel Gel and the black Detoxifying Cleanser used to be my go-to. Pore Pudding is a really nice mask, but don’t confuse it with the Charcoal Makeup Melter (which I’ve done). (no seriously one time I put the mask directly on my fully beat face like a real goober).

Most people these days are familiar with Boscia because of the infamous peeling black mask. This is the one product I don’t like, maybe just because it was such an Internet thing for the wrong reasons. You saw people pulling out all this pore junk and selling knock off masks for $7. There were horror stories of people getting trapped in the mask and finding them very painful to remove.

First of all, if a mask is removing that much junk from your pores, you need to take care of your pores on the reg and not randomly with this mask. There are a lot of great products to keep them clear. Second, if you don’t apply it correctly it will pull a lot. The key is stop pulling, get a washcloth and wipe it off. Anyone you saw in pain was doing it for the shares and nothing else.

I also heard people asking if it was used to exfoliate. I mean sure it’s certainly pulling your skin off in a violent manner but is it what you want removing dead skin cells? No. That is why you purchase an exfoliator. Anyway.

Brand History

The name Boscia is a combination of ‘botanicals’ and ‘science,’ emphasizing the focus of the brand. It began in 2002 by bringing Japanese skincare techniques to California and releasing their secret of success to the masses. Basically, they’re kind of the authority on white and black charcoal products for detoxifying, mattifying and any other –fying that will make your skin beautiful.

Products Used

The Experience

The first thing you may notice about the products is I forgot a cleanser. I meant to grab the Tsubaki cleanser but I didn’t and only used the oil because I was too lazy to go back on stage. Saying that, the oil was amazing. It removed my makeup easily and left my skin feeling so soft. I’m not even 100 percent sure I needed a double cleanses (which is great because it didn’t happen).

Next was the new charcoal exfoliator, which is awesome because it’s both enzymatic and physical, so my dead skin was rolling up in two different ways while the charcoal helped clean out the pores. While a physical exfoliator isn’t good for acne, I will say this one felt gentle and I know volcanic ash is good for people with oil and pore concerns.

This is where it started to go downhill.

Even though I said I wouldn’t use the black peeling mask, I used the white one, which is basically the same thing. The difference is white focuses on hydrating and plumping and black is detoxifying. I liked this one better because it made my skin softer, but I ran into problems nonetheless.

The key with a peel mask is an even, opaque layer. This allows easy peeling. My layer wasn’t opaque so I added more and it began to dry very strangely, and in some places not at all. It was time to punch in from break and I was still half masked. It took me about 10 minutes of rubbing to get the mask off completely. In a nutshell, I liked the way it felt, but make sure you let it dry before removing so you aren’t scrubbing all your skin off. ​

In a blur of activity I did the remaining steps, but at this point my skin was basically ruined. The toner was interesting because it was a mist, but I liked how light it was. The treatment was a treatment and the moisturizer was also light but I could feel it beginning to bring life into my raw skin. I used two much of the eye treatment and my eyes just watered it all away.

When I woke up, I could still see pieces of mask on my face but overall everything felt ok. I think the products were all great, but human error definitely got in the way. Another week of ‘I did my best, ok?’

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