Poof! They’re Gone!

There comes a time in every girl’s life when she wakes up and looks
at herself in the mirror and realizes that she’s not 21 anymore.
Smooth and supple skin has been replaced with fine lines and wrinkles,
and oh my gosh, what are those craters on my face?  Are those my

As the wise Truvy once said, Time marches on and sooner or later you realize it is marching across your face.  And you know what, my friends?  Truer words were never spoken.

I had that pivotal moment in my life a few months ago, and ever
since I’ve had a complex about my all-of-the-sudden-aging skin.  On my
next trip to the mall I stopped by Sephora to see what magical products
they might have to help with this sudden appearance of lines and
craters.  Sixty-five dollars later, I left with a liquid foundation as
well as a foundation primer that promised to fill in all those fine
lines and pores and mold my face into a smooth palate on which to apply
my new foundation. 

Foundation primer, folks.  WHAT will they think of next? 

Of course, I can scoff all I want, but clearly I’m every marketer’s
dream because what is in my makeup bag at this very moment?  The
Clarins Instant Smooth foundation primer, of course.  Ahem.

The next morning I woke up and eagerly washed and moisturized my
face, prepared for a miraculous transformation back into that
21-year-old I so fondly remember.  I carefully applied the primer and
the foundation just as I’d been shown by the perky brunette at
Sephora.  Then I added loose powder and blush and looked with great
anticipation in the mirror, expecting to see a fabulous new me. 

Imagine my surprise and disappointment when my face still bore the
ravages of time.  And my pores, could they BE any huger!?  Sigh… 

I knew it was too good to be true.  I still use the Instant Smooth
from time to time, hoping that perhaps it is doing something that
everyone but I can see, but I have to say that I’m not totally smitten
with it.

Then one day last month as I was perusing one of my favorite blogs, Advice Smackdown, I came across this article, Battle of the Bases: Foundation Primers for Every Skin Type.
I was interested to see that one of Amy’s top picks was the Clarins
product that I was less than enchanted with.  As I read on, I saw her
rave review of a product designed specifically for reducing the
appearance of large pores, Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More.
Could it actually work?  The price tag was pretty steep, and after my
less than stellar experience with the Clarins product, I was dubious.
So I did what I always do when I’m overwhelmed with information —

The holidays passed.  Then a few weeks ago I found myself at the
mall (it’s amazing how that happens!), and when I wandered into Sephora
for some new eyeshadow, I happened by the display of Pores No More.  I
asked the girl helping me if it was a popular product, and she offered
me a free sample to take home and try.  SCORE!

And would you know that the tiny squirt she put in a container the
size of a thimble is not even used up yet!?  And even better, the
pores?  I do believe they’re shrinking!!!!!!!  I wonder if Dr. Brandt
could concoct something similar for the thigh area. 

What I really like about the Pores No More is that it’s tinted, and
while it is supposedly treating the pores, it is also providing
coverage so that I don’t even need foundation.  My favorite pressed
powder is all I need!  I only use liquid foundation when I’m going out
at night and want to get all glammed up.

So!  Have big pores?  Try Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More.  I think you’ll like it!

~ dcrmom

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About Jo-Lynne

Written by Jo-Lynne Shane, a professional lifestyle blogger, brand advocate and community manager. Named one of Nielsen’s 50 Most Influential Women in Social Media, Jo-Lynne is best known for her award-winning lifestyle blog, Musings of a Housewife, where she dishes up an assortment of food, fashion, fitness and family travel. She has been featured on Mothering.com, Southern Living Magazine, CNN.com and in Cosmopolitan Magazine. In the local sphere, Jo-Lynne facilitates the vibrant networking group Philly Social Media Moms, providing community, support and education for 200 area bloggers. Jo-Lynne lives and works from home in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband of 17 years, three lively children and one extremely spoiled shih tzu named Savannah.