Friyay Favourite,  Make up and beauty

Fri-YAY Favourite – Tips for reducing the look of enlarged pores

First order of business, I hope you’ve noticed that the blog has a new address! How cool is that??? I’d just like to give a big shout out to Lizna from With Elizabeth H that made all this possible. She is just such an expert and so helpful. If any of you need help with blog design, logos, domain registration….she’s your girl!

With the new blog, I was a little caught up and didn’t quite get to planning the post for today that I needed to. I did however stumble onto a really helpful video this week and I felt it was destiny. The Fri-YAY fave had revealed itself…… *insert creepy music* We’re going to address ENLARGED PORES today.

Some of you are squinting and going…what? What are enlarged pores? I recall watching one of Luzanne’s videos and she had mentioned something about her enlarged pores. I was thinking: ‘Poor her, I’m glad I don’t have that’. Until one day I realised I did, I did have THAT. And they were HUGE! My problem area is typically on the smiley fat part of my cheeks. I’m all for finding ways to reduce the appearance of my pores, because once you add foundation and especially highlighter, it can become a real sight for sore eyes.

What are some of the causes of enlarged pores?
1. Excess oil
People who have naturally oily skin tend to have larger pores. This happens because when oil and dirt collect in your skin, your skin swells and your pores look larger than they normally would.

2. Age (sniff)
As you get older your skin loses its elasticity, which can cause your pores to look bigger.

3. Sun damage
The more you’ve been exposed to the sun, this affects the appearance of pores. It makes your skin thicken, causing skin cells to collect around the edges of your pores, which stretch them out.

Recently, with all the Jeffrree Starr drama (isn’t there always drama around this guy??), I was introduced to his latest victim  Jackie Aina. I headed to her You Tube channel and I actually really like her. Her videos are really informative and she’s just so cool, because she tells it like it is. I thought this video was really informative and I picked up a few tips on how to help my own situation.


Toner!! I swear I thought toner was not important, needless to say, I will now be toning away as the first change in my routine.  My favourite current primers for reducing the appearance of my pores:

Ladies I hope you enjoyed this video and post and that you learnt something. Do you have any tips for this problem that work for you? 

I’m Simone, a mom of 3, a wife...obsessed with my family, makeup and books!


  • Vee

    Oh my soul! I tried the Benefit primer and Simone, before that I didn’t even know I had pores. It works like a charm. Love that in the video you can actually see the difference. And toner – YES please!

  • Odette

    Congrats on the new domain name! Gosh Jeffree is always in drama, I stopped following him because of it. The pores on my nose are horrendous. I need to try Jackie’s tips.

  • Cassie_ohsoclassic

    First of all #JackieAina is bae…love her
    And secondly this is an informative post and I love that it’s on a topic close to home. I’ve been a victim of large pores especially on my nose and cheek areas. Toners are definitely helpful but primers are a Godsent lol. I’ve been using the illuminating primer from kiss beauty and it’s a silky gel-like breathable formula that gives a very light soft finish and nicely tucks my pores away lol it’s been a dream. I’ve been meaning to try out the benefit porefessional primer and after these comments I’ve seen I’m wasting no time. I love seeing what else is out on the market 🙂

  • Simone

    I’m so glad you found it helpful! Your primer sounds very much like the Hean one I love that I mentioned above.

    I hope you like the benefit when you try it out 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  • donna

    congrats on the new address my friend.
    I have the Maybelline primer.. new baby skin.. I clearly need an upgrade… cant look face lol.
    I was told by a beautician that I don’t need toner.. believe it or not… so I stopped using it… guess I need to get back to it then.

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