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sephora pore refining serum

This post should be short and sweet. Because this serum is disappointing.

Pore Serum 1

I didn’t see any results when using this serum to reduce the appearance of pores. The active ingredient, salicylic acid, does promise to reduce pores through chemical exfoliation, but the results just aren’t happening. Further research into the product explains why not.

Pore Serum 2

I also hated the sponge applicator. Though you can take it off to wash it, it made me feel dirty because it would remain moist. Ew.

Pore Serum

If you’re interested in pore reduction I would recommend a product with beta hydroxy acid (BHA).

friday favorites

It’s Friday! Happy weekend!

1. I finished/caught up on the whole Parenthood series. So so good!

2. This sweet, sweet 3-year-old. Her heart is so pure.

3. Check out my friend Juli’s blog!

4. My husband and I waited in line for 4 hours to see New Found Glory in a surprise concert last night. I don’t even like NFG.

5. Pistachio butter, guys. As if I need more butter this week.

6. My favorite local donut shop has cronuts on the weekends. I. can’t. wait.

7. The best moments from the Oscars.

8. I have always wanted to know what the difference between egg sizes in the grocery store.

9. Makeup secrets you haven’t heard before.

10. Love me some bad good puns.

maskcara IIID hac pack

This post has been a long one in waiting. One of my favorite beauty bloggers Maskcara came out with her own makeup line over the holidays and I have spent the last few weeks testing out the product and formulating my opinions.

Maskcara 1

My husband gifted me the complete pack, which includes HAC foundation, a blush, and an illuminizer. Maskcara has an awesome, unique concept, which is the namesake for the line: IIID Foundation. The idea is that when we apply traditional, one-toned foundation to our face we lose all the natural dimension and contouring, which we then have to add back in with contouring color, blush, and illuminizer. The foundation is two-toned, to provide such depth to your face naturally. Cara has some great information on her blog about her product, where to place it according to your face shape, what color to choose, and how it is best applied.

IIID2

First the foundation: It’s a cream foundation that has 2 varying shades, the lighter one has yellow undertones, while the darker one is a great contour color without being too ashy. The coloring was really really scary when I first saw it but it somehow magically blends out perfectly to achieve a contoured and brightened face. Though the coloring is right, the consistency is where it fails for me. No matter how I apply it {with a brush or beautyblender} it seems to always settle in dry, rough patches. I also find that it becomes cakey even when used sparingly. I have tried numerous combinations of moisturizers, primers, application tools, and setting powders/sprays but find that the product settles on top of my skin instead of melting into my skin for a flawless finish. All of this may be because this is my first experience with cream foundation, but I just can’t seem to master the learning curve. But all is not lost as I do like using some of the contour color with a beautyblender over my regular foundation.

IIID3

The HAC {highlighting and contouring} Pack is definitely redeemed with the other two products. This cream blush in shortcake is wonderful. It is highly pigmented but sheers out beautifully on the cheeks. I just dab a little bit on the back of my hand, then use a finger to apply to my cheeks.

IIID4

The same can be said for the illuminizer. LOVE! I apply it the same way as the blush to the upper check bones and it provides a beautiful pearly glow. Both of these are liquid and will last forever because you only need a little bit each time.

I love supporting Cara’s small business and look forward to seeing how her product line improves!

Here are some pics for ingredient/product info:

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compound butters

These butters are fan-cy.

Compound Butter 1

But so easy! Compound butter is simply adding flavors to butter to serve with a dish. I made these butters to go with the birthday dinner steaks I made for my mom and older sister. I pan-seared the steaks, and when still piping hot, serve with a slice of compound butter. The butter then slowly melts down the steak and makes it even more savory. So good!

Compound Butter 5

For each butter start off with 1.5 sticks of salted butter at room temperature. Or if you’re like me and forgot to take the butter out of the fridge to soften, prepare the other ingredients while this happens. Then whip the butter and fold in flavorful ingredients.

Compound Butter 2

Chipotle Cilantro & Lime Compound Butter

1.5 sticks of salted butter, room temperature and whipped
1 chipotle pepper from can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1-2 tablespoons of adobo sauce from can
1/4 cup of chopped cilantro
juice of 1 lime
zest of 1 lime

Once butter is whipped, fold in other ingredients until combined.
On plastic wrap spread butter mixture in an even thick layer. Grabbing the bottom portion of the wrap, pull it up over the butter to begin a roll or log using your hands to shape. Twist ends of plastic wrap and refrigerate. You can transfer the log to parchment paper to be able to write on the surface to label each butter.

Compound Butter 3

Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Compound Butter

1.5 sticks of salted butter, room temperature and whipped
2 small heads of garlic {or 1 elephant head}, roasted and chopped
2-3 tablespoons of rosemary, chopped

To roast garlic remove the papery outer skin of the garlic bulb. Then cut 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch off the top to expose garlic cloves. Wrap bulbs in aluminum foil and drizzle with oil. Roast in oven at 400 for 30-35 minutes. Once garlic is cooled, squeeze garlic out of skin.
Once butter is whipped, fold other ingredients in until combined.
On plastic wrap spread butter mixture in an even thick layer. Grabbing the bottom portion of the wrap, pull it up over the butter to begin a roll or log using your hands to shape. Twist ends of plastic wrap and refrigerate. You can transfer the log to parchment paper to be able to write on the surface to label each butter.

Compound Butter 4

Blue Cheese & Chive Compound Butter

1.5 sticks of salted butter, room temperature and whipped
4-5 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
2-3 tablespoons of chives, chopped

Once butter is whipped, fold other ingredients until combined.
On plastic wrap spread butter mixture in an even thick layer. Grabbing the bottom portion of the wrap, pull it up over the butter to begin a roll or log using your hands to shape. Twist ends of plastic wrap and refrigerate. You can transfer the log to parchment paper to be able to write on the surface to label each butter.

Enjoy!

beauty randoms

Here are some random things that don’t have a home except on a randoms post:

1. My mom’s {and older sister’s} birthday is today {they share a birthday!} and she asked for a retinol night cream. My skincare obsession is rubbing off! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM & JAMIE!

2. I bought an eos lip balm in pomegranate raspberry and LOVE it. It doesn’t leave my lips needing more after using it like some chapsticks do, but I constantly reapply because it feels and smells so good.

3. I signed up for ipsy and am so excited! Maybe I’ll do unboxings?

4. Before I even consider a skincare product I research it on Paula’s Choice. Some products cost too much for no real ingredients or results.

5. My {identical triplet} sister and I are doing a 50-year longitudinal study of our skin and aging. To say that her facial skincare routine is basic is generous {sorry, hermana}.

6. I am in search of the perfect eyebrow pencil shade. I prefer a pencil over powder but have such dark eyebrows.

7. Vaseline has really helped some dry spots/a burned area of my upper lip {from cream hair removal}. Such a simple product but so effective.

8. I’m on book 2 of the Divergent trilogy. SO looking forward to the movie! {Ok, that wasn’t beauty-related but whatevs}

9. My coconut oil body butter has been so moisturizing.

10. My husband’s bathroom storage and counter space has been dwindling in size as I take over. Maybe he should just move to the other bathroom in the house?

Happy Monday!