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March 29, 2014

Friday Night Blackout with Biore


It’s only recently that I’ve come to appreciate staying in on the weekends. As an extrovert whose internal compass naturally points toward champagne and sequins on Friday nights, this is really strange. And incredibly liberating.  Maybe it’s part of growing up (still working on that at 36!), but more likely it’s the realization that by the end of the week I am running on empty. While I’ve always relied on socializing to restore my spirit, more and more I appreciate some serious, shades-drawn down time. I know many of you are like, les duh Elizabeth. But honestly, this whole “getting quiet” thing is not how I’m wired. (Just ask Mr. Bets, who is such a sport). Last night, however, I decided to stay in, pour some bubbly and put some new products to the test. My skin has been freaking out a bit with all the temperature fluctuations so all signs pointed to Biore’s new Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser ($7) and Self Heating One Minute Mask ($7). I’ve always been not-so-secretly obsessed with Bioré strips (so gross, so good) and the notion of real charcoal schmeared on my face, acting like a magnet to draw out and destroy dirt, debris and various makeup experiments without stripping my skin was most definitely Friday night material.


Both products go on almost black, which is awesome. The cleanser foams up white and rinses clean. It’s definitely something I will reach for in the summer after a workout or humid day. The mask heats up while you massage it in, a reassuring sign that it’s working. It comes in single-use packets and only takes 60 seconds, making me wonder why every beauty treatment were this convenient and satisfying. I’m pleased to report that my pores emerged clean as a whistle, my skin looked more even-toned (an unexpected bonus) and nothing felt taut or dry.  I could get used to this!

For more about Biore’s new charcoal line, follow along at #blackoutwithbiore

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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