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Being 39 weeks pregnant and having not been feeling too good, I asked Olivia to model one of my FAVORITE beauty DIY’s !! This is a recipe on how to make your own Biore strips that you can use just on your nose, like you would a Biore strip, or you can do it to your whole face which is what I like to do and is what I had Olivia do in the photos! (And yes it is sickening how amazing her skin is without any make up!!) But this little concoction will leave your skin as smooth as ever and you’ll feel amazing.

So here is the recipe and directions…

1. Mix 1 TBSP Knox Unflavored Gelatin (make sure you get unflavored!!) with 1 1/2 – 2 TBSP of milk (totally preference! I have done both and prefer to do 1 1/2 Tbsp.) in a plastic cup or something you can throw away after.

2. Microwave concoction for 10-15 seconds and apply to face immediately (it hardens quick!)

*I mix and apply mine with the thick wooden little ice cream spoons from Wal-Mart – or you can use popsicle stick or whatever you have laying around :) and if you don’t have a microwave or something you can always heat up the milk in a pot beforehand and then add it to the gelatin.

3. Wait til the mixture on your face has dried completely and then peel off!

*Word to the wise – if you have peach fuzz it may pull on it! And hurt haha. So avoid those areas like around your ear and hair line and what not if you don’t want to experience that.

And that is it! Just two ingredients and your face will feel like a million bucks after no joke! It seriously makes it feel so smooth and flawless and your make up will go on like a DREAM the next day! Hope you guys all like it!! xoxo

Photography by Amanda from Jessica Janae Photography

PS I originally got the idea from this blog, here!BFB

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  1. Nice! Great idea, worked really well, nothing but good compliments, except for the smell, which thter is no way to change. 5/5 stars! ☆☆☆☆☆!

  2. Nice! Great idea, worked really well, nothing but good compliments, except for the smell, which thter is no way to change. 5 stars! ☆☆☆☆☆!

  3. So glad I ran across this! I used the Knox as directed. It didn’t have any smell at all. But just to be sure I added a teaspoon of cinnamon to the mixture. BEST MASK EVER! My face is like butter lol.

  4. I wonder how many people have stopped eating Jello after realizing what gelatin really is?!! This is a great cost effective beauty remedy.

  5. To people complaining about the smell: use agar-agar powder instead of the gelatin. Find it at your local Asian food stores or some natural food stores. It’s made from algae and is also a vegan sub for gelatin. To me it doesn’t smell like anything and it’s a lot nicer to my hypoallergenic skin.

  6. I just tried this, and it’s the best homemade remedy I’ve ever tried. I didn’t think it smelt that bad, a little bit like a dog hahaha, but REALLY worth going through it. It didn’t hurt that much to peel off, I think getting them squeezed out by a beauty therapist is more painful. Seeing the blackheads being peeled off was such a good reward. My skin feels really smooth and amazing, much better than a facial. Thank you so much for sharing

  7. I just came across your website from Pinterest. Looking forward to trying this biore strip face mask out.


  9. To everyone complaining about the smell – gelatin is made from hydrolyzed animal collagen. You are putting skin, bones, connective tissue, etc. from horses or pigs or cattle on your face. That’s why it smells so bad. You can’t smell it in flavored jello because it’s overwhelmed by the flavorings and fragrance. You’re welcome.

  10. I made the mixture! But…… I could not handle the smell!!! It smelled like dog pee! I did not do the mask

  11. I was really excited to try this. Peeling of the mask hurt so much, I ended up just scrubbing it off with water. It left my face red and irritated. Also, my blackheads are still there and only my forehead is a a a little softer. Very disappointed with this diy:(

  12. boy oh boy! I wish you mentioned how you smell like a farm whilst it’s setting on your face! Note to self to add tea tree drops to it. 😷

  13. I’m sitting here waiting for mine to dry, reading the comments: terrified! How can there be so many people saying they will never try it again, yet others saying they will use it everyday? Oh golly, I hope I’m with the later.

  14. How did u pull this off in big pieces. I tried it and it just flaked off, like dead skin from a sun burn, when I tried to peel it.

  15. If i have some peach fuzz on my cheek will it hurt if i pull of the mask.

  16. When I have done this in the past the mask really sticks to my face and causes a lot of pain when pulling it off. After heating the mixture up I add some vegetable glycerin or aloe vera (or both) and it helps it come off easier.

  17. Thnx for the tip….can wait to try it ,but I have a very sensitive skin and also dark tone will this work for me

  18. Does this take blackheads away to? I can’t stand having blackheads.

  19. I bet one could make some interesting Halloween zombie effects by leaving the mask on as a base for other makeup etc. A lot less harsh than spirit gum and appliances, and so forth.

  20. Loved it! But you missed a few disclaimers, such as this smells awful and it is super hot (at least mine was) after it comes out of the microwave… I had to wait about as long as I microwaved it before putting on my face.

  21. I tried this face mask this morning and it worked great! At one point I almost ripped out my eyebrow but I figured out you can use make up remover to get little bits out of your eyebrows or hairline if you don’t want to peel it off and risk tearing out your hair. Thanks for this DIY I’ll definitely use it again!

  22. what does it mean knox gelatin please what can i replase it for please i need a quick answer pleeeeeeeeeease
    if you can helpme with recepice for my dry face

    1. any brand of gelatin works, I used plain ole gelatin packets, store brand.

  23. Oh my gosh, I must be tired because I just did this and used water instead of milk!! Lol, but I think it still worked the same. The area under my chin is burning but the rest of my face is fine. I wouldn’t say it’s amazing or a brand new face but it does look better. I just hope I don’t wake up all irritated tomorrow morning!

  24. It doesn’t seem to be working for me.
    I’ve followed the instructions and it seemed to get rid of dead skin cells but none of the blackheads.
    Can you help me out?

  25. i tried this and I could not even put it on my face! The smell was awful! Worse than puke! Kinda disappointed, but oh well.

  26. Omg! the smell is the worst thing in the world! but really could notice it pulling stuff out of my skin! thanks so much and love the cost friendly products!!

  27. It hurt so much taking it off! I had to apply water to get it off. My face turned all red when taking it off it was like a bandaid but worse ! Why?

  28. Just tried it and it worked great! You have to apply it a little thick but not too thick or else it will never dry. :) Great substitute for pore strips, my skin does feel smoother now.

  29. Question.. if you don’t have milk but have heavy whip cream can u use that? If not can u use anything else them milk?

  30. To prep for this I always veg for a few minutes with a hot washcloth/towel to open up my pores and make this more effective. Never forget to follow this up with a good cleansing and rinse with COLD water to tighten your pores back up!!

  31. I’m sorry but this was a terrible experience. Once the mixture set, peeling it off was torture. Imagine peeling duct tape off every inch of your face. Now it’s red and irritated. Unless your skin is made out of leather, DO NOT USE THIS !

  32. This causes broken capillaries. I feel bad for everyone who read this post. I bet you suggest lemon juice and baking soda, too, huh? Unsafe blogger, unsafe practices.

  33. Hello, sorry to bother you but I was wondering what if you do not have uncented jello just the flavored ones? Is it safe to use?

  34. it smells so bad. Can’t you use water? Seriously smelled like dog vomit and I almost lost my cookies. On a side note it really does work and my problem nose area has been cured

  35. It definitely worked! But it kinda hurt. My best friend and I needed some wine to finish the job… but it worked! Thanks for the pin!

  36. Great DIY. I did use a regular cup and a regular spoon to apply and it was fine and washed out easy.

  37. If you have very stubborn black heads like I do I suggest putting a warm wet towel on the for 10 minutes before this.

  38. I am totally gonna try this! I have blackhead on my nose that bug me. I clean, clean, clean and they dont go away. I have been doing something a lil different lately that has helped but want to try this. Thanks.

  39. Just tried it, wow! What an ingenious idea that really does work. How do people come up with these things?!! Thanks for the tip.

  40. I found this on Pinterest and really want to try it. My main goal is remove blackheads on my nose. I’ve used Biore strips before, but don’t feel like that work very well. Hopefully this does. Thanks!

  41. I liked this recipe but i had a little bit of a hard time removering it. any suggestions for next time?

  42. I used the exact recipe and was wondering if you are supposed to used the entire mixture. I threw half of it away. Also does the gelatin have a funny odor to it?

  43. I am trying this right now. It feels nasty and smells kind of gross but I’m hoping it works.

    1. I wouldn’t because it hardens will quick and might not work well if reheated. I’m not sure how many times you can reheat gelatin and have it harden again.

  44. This was so easy and super cheap! But. OH. MY. WORD!! You guys! The smell! Ill admit that my sense of smell is like that of a blood hound! But whooooooaaaa momma! POOP! It smelled like poop! Raw sewage. No lie! Other than that, I loved the end result. Even took off some of my mustache (lol)! Super soft skin. But will definitely try coconut milk next time.

    1. I thought the same thing, the odor is very bad. I laughed when I saw your comment because I always tell people I have the nose of a hound dog! lol

  45. I have been looking at the biore strips for a while now. I log love love their warming blackhead scrub but i just wanted something hopefully a quick fick to the blackheads on my nose, I will defiantly be trying this out and saving myself some money!! XX

    1. You can find it at most grocery stores by the baking supplies (flour, etc)

  46. Hi! I have tried this once before and it WASSSS FABULOUS! The only downside though was it smelled icky. Is there a way for it to not smell like bad decisions?

  47. The only tip i give is to add an essential oil. i personally don’t like the smell at all (resembles baby puke to me lol) other than that i love this mask!

  48. Thank you so much for this! It didn’t get rid of a lot of blackheads, but it got rid of some and left my skin very soft. Such a great DIY!

  49. Now,..I don’t know if this has been asked already but: could you add ingredients such as honey for clarity, orange juice for tonic or would that ruin the concoction?

  50. I tried this tonight and used regular whole milk. Heated it for 15 seconds in the microwave and then added the gelatin. Lathered it up really thick. It took a bit to dry–probably 20 minutes. It didn’t peel off all in one piece; the thicker layer came off altogether and the thin layers I had to get off with a wash cloth. It didn’t get rid of my blackheads but it made my skin very very soft. The smell wasn’t bad at all. It didn’t smell great but it wasn’t as strong as some of the others described. I would recommend this mask for someone looking to get baby soft skin.

  51. Pulling from the forehead down might help it not pull on you peach fuzz or at least not hurt as much since that’s the way those hairs grow.

  52. I too tried this and it started out all right, my mixture smelled horrible but dried nicely it peeled off in peices and hurt like hell, but i wax on occasion so it didn’t surprise me… what did surprise me is the horrible horrible hives like rash that i got all over the sides of my face that showed up about 3 days after i tried this :(

  53. Ack! No one mentioned the HORRIBLE smell! Or a caution that mixture is HOT when directly out of the microwave! Be careful!

    1. Oh! Read some more comments and there is one mentioning the smell (so bad!). May try next time with coconut milk, like some have suggested :)

  54. I tried this today and it works great! Can’t wait to do it again. Great tips, thanks!

  55. Just wanted to inform everyone that I did do this with Coconut milk, it works and smells like coconut cream

  56. This looks so simple and fun! Is it okay to use Almond Milk for the milk portion?

      1. Thank God! Because I used reg cow’s milk and GAG!! Smells straight up like poop! No joke. Port-a-pot on a hot summer day!

  57. I am actually trying it while I am typing this. I found this on Pinterest and I always have problems with having a lot of dead skin on my face even if I do not use foundation or concealer (and I might add – I don’t use them because I have problems with the dead skin). So when i found this tutorial I said to myself that if this works I am saved. What I can say right now is that it does have a bad odor. Maybe its just me, but the concoction smells really bad, once it started drying on my face, the odor went away. Its starting to feel cool on my face because of the gelatin drying but it kinda feels like the minty lip glosses out there (the ones supposedly making your lips bigger). … I took the mask off and My skin feels really soft. I like this mask!!! the mask peels easily off your face if you put it on thicker and not put it on really thin. I noticed that in some areas I put a thinner layer and it dried like a really thin crust on my face and it was harder to peel, but most of my face had the layer really thick, I pulled the mask right off. Awesome mask, will try it again!

  58. Saw this on Pintrest and was really excited to try this mask. My excitement quickly faded as I began to peel off the mask. I don’t know what went wrong or if my skin is too young (age 18) or something but it HURT like CRAZY to pull off. I had so much pain that I got all hot and my eyes started tearing up. It was an absolutely terrible experience. Even though the mask was so strongly attached to my skin, it only got rid off a couple of blackheads on the end of my nose. I followed the instructions as directed but NEVER AGAIN will I do this mask.

  59. Hi! It sounds amazing this DIY but I have a doubt, what douse it mean “TBSP”???
    Thanks for the recipe ((;

  60. Did it! Love it. Do it.

    but one little tip….it dries hard and aint easy to get off. It was not without some pinchy ouch ouch moments. and not talkin hair removal either. Try to pull your skin or hold your face taught (just like for waxing) and move in little bursts. i’ll experiment with thinner formula or using less next time. could be a technique problem.

    still, worth it!

  61. OMG!!!!! I just now did this and my face is sooooo soft. I was so excited that a) I actually had the ingredients in my kitchen and b) it was so simple, that I ran to my kitchento do this without first reading through the comments. A few seconds into it I started reading the comments, I started to panic. I had gotten a good amount onto my eyebrows, I have sensitive skin so the pain I thought I was about to endure had me panicked, and I hadn’t spread it evenly bc I was afraid of it hardening, that I spread it quickly.
    A few tips from my experience:
    It won’t harden THAT fast. Mix it a little and blow into it before applying to reduce the heat, mine was warm. Apply in sort of globs, not too thin and not too thick, this will help it come off in one piece. Avoid eyebrows and under eyes. Some hairs were pulled!! Dont be afraid once it dries, it’s kind of a scary feeling but it’s not so bad. I made faces to loosen it just a little bit in a small area so that i could grab and pull. I don’t know it that reduces effectiveness, but I wasn’t ready to pull my face of (as I read in a previous comment). The “pain” wasn’t horrid like I expected, it honestly didn’t hurt. I did pull it off as soon as it hardened though, I wouldn’t let it sit like that for too long. I did have a few remnants on the side of my face and under my chin, which I wiped off with a cloth and warm water. My face feels soft and so far so good; my nose and chin are the worst areas of my face and they look and feel clean!

  62. This is a real popular one but seriously, it hurt me like hell! No joke. Very discomforting. But no pain no gain I guess???

    1. hey,
      if you have tried biore extra strength strips; the pain is the same. Beauty hurts! Maybe on more sensitive areas use water to aid in removal. Also try 2 tbsp of milk instead of 1/2 to make it less strong

  63. I love this! I always try different DIY beauty tricks, just to see what works best for my skin (and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg!). This one makes my skin feel soft and look lovely! Definitely keep in mind that it pulls on peach fuzz… I didn’t think about that the first time I tried it and contemplated just leaving the mixture on until it came off on its own because it hurt to pull on it haha.
    Highly recommend, even to those who aren’t big on DIY. :)

  64. I use Elmer’s glue. Works fantastic. I’m not sure how my version compares to yours. :)

    1. I assume that glue will be worse for your skin considering its strength and harshness. Good idea though! Maybe do a cleansing facial after?

  65. How often can I use this? Like once a week or once a month?
    I did try it and my skin feels amazing!!!

    1. Egg whites! Beat 1-2 egg whites, brush over nose, apply a section of toilet paper a crossed nose, then brush another on. Wait for it to dry, then slowly peel away. You can see the dirt and blackheads just like a strip

  66. She looks so happy…I did this last night and I’ve never felt so much pain in my entire life lol I usually have a high pain tolerance, but not on my face apparently…lol!

  67. I saw at and have tried it a few times and love it! A tip is that if you get it on your hair/eyebrows, just wash it off with water! Also, avoid the under eye area since it’s super sensitive!

  68. I love reading about HOMEMADE products. Im for sure going to try this. And I’m also going to put the recipe on one of my Cards and put it in my Avon Brochure, when I hand them out to clients and let them know where I got it. I love giving them little Health an Beauty suggestion.
    So Thank you!
    Avon Lady/ Cosmetolgist

  69. I love ready about HOMEMADE products. I for sure going to try this. And I’m also going to put the recipe on one of my Cards and put it in my Avon Brochure, when I hand them out to clients and let them know where I got it. I love giving them little Health an Beauty suggestion.
    So Thank you!
    Avon Lady/ Cosmetolgist

  70. Do you have a vegetarian friendly option instead of the gelatin? I love the idea!

    1. Agar is vegetarian gelatin. It’s made from seaweed. You can get it from health food stores.

  71. My skin feels amazing!!! Thank you so much for this wonderful diy!!!

  72. I tried this stuff and it did not work out at all. I made it and followed the rules exactly. It hardened and I was super excited about it, but it wouldn’t come off. It took me over 15 minutes to peel this off and my skin feels exactly the same. I am even still finding pieces of it here and there and I am very disappointed with this.

    1. I found it easier to pile on thick layers. Apply one layer then keep on layering it so it looks like a gel. If you make it thick enough it comes off very easily in one piece. It only breaks into pieces if you apply a very thin layer.

  73. Is it sopposed to smell like stinky cheese? I have it on right now and it seems to work. Thank you for posting this!

  74. 15 seconds in my microwave left this mixture VERY HOT!!! All the stress about it hardening super fast left me blowing on it once and then applying it to my face, ended up burning my cheek a little bit. Be careful, it hardens quickly, but not that fast! Other than that slight hiccup, I loved this DIY and it worked great!

  75. What about oily skin? Will this cause more oil? I desperately need SOMETHING for my face because it is loaded with acne scars and blackheads but I can’t find anything that works! I will try this one, fingers crossed! Thank you for sharing! And you are gorgeous! Love the baby bump photo :)

  76. I’ve tried this before and loved the results. But it was extremely hard to pull off and came off in tiny pieces..someplaces i couldn’t even get it off so i gave up and had to wash it off. In other places it actually pulled off a little of my top layer of skin.

    Do you know what would cause that to happen? maybe more milk would help or something. I just saw yours came off in one piece so and tips would be helpful!


    1. This same thing happened to me! It took me about 15-20 minutes to peel it off and I am still finding chunks on my skin. More info would be helpful!

    2. Did you use skim milk?? That happened to me the first few times I tried this. So I bought a mini bottle of 2% milk to see how that worked. It made ALL the difference!!! :)

    3. I believe thickness of application may be key here. When it’s thin in random various places, it will prevent full face peeling. I didn’t use a wooden spoon to apply. At first I tried a plastic butter knife but I couldn’t achieve a consistent thickness so I went straight to the fingers. Before it dries, any thin parts just add a bit more. Hope that helps

  77. Random question.. but can you use coconut or almond milk?
    & hope all is well with your pregnancy! best wishes! x

  78. This question is unrelated to this post which this is great post by the way, I’m going to try this on my face! :-) I was wondering, in your post, Life Lately via iPhone, there is a picture of you wearing sunglasses, it’s the Sunday Somewhere picture and you have on a purplish lipstick, which one is that?? I love it!!

  79. Shes a cutie!!! Im gonna have to try this recipe it looks awesome! Im sorry those last weeks are rough. Just take it easy. I went two weeks over w my first then ended up c- section. Youll have him in your arms soon enough. I pray everything goes good in your delivery! Good luck gorgeous. Hugs from mapleton. Not to far from you;)

    1. Aw thanks Michelle! Yeah the last weeks are pretty dang rough! Thanks for your sweet words, means so much!! xx

    1. Haha I wondered if some people would be confused!! But yes totally try it its honestly amazing!!

    1. Oh yeah definitely try it out then! I have been having skin issues too, especially with my stupid sun spots and I feel like this has helped! And ah yes please keep those fingers crossed haha :)

  80. Also, a quick note from experience, be careful not to get any of the mixture on your brows as I once had a dreadful accident when I accidentally got some on my right brow and lost a couple key hairs :( other than that I love this DIY!!!

    1. Oh yikes.. Yours must have been really strong!! Mine tugs on peach fuzz but does pull any out! Good to know though, avoid the brows haha :)