13 July, 2014

How to Make Your Own Pore Strip at Home

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Hi there!
If you are anything like me, you probably love using those pore strips on your nose, while wishing that there is one for your entire face.

What if I am telling you right now that you can indeed make a pore strip for your face, not just the nose?

Pretty awesome, right? Well, read on! :-)

I have seen other recipes that feature gelatin, milk, a microwave, maybe even a stove, etc., but seriously -- not everybody has the time for that! So, here's a much easier way.

When I was 15, I told an older friend that I wished that there was a pore strip for my face, not just the nose, and she said that  I could make one at home, using just two very simple products! Thus, I have been using her method for over 10 years, and I would rank it as one of the most useful things I know. ;-)

The following step-by-step tutorial features the nose only, but feel free to cover as large an area as you'd like.

Materials needed: Your favorite clay mask that dries hard, and a peel-off mask (I recommend Freeman's Cucumber peel-off mask, because it is effective yet costs only $4). If you don't have a favorite clay mask, I'd highly recommend Queen Helene's Mint Julep Mask.

The reason why you need a clay mask that dries hard is because since it grabs so tightly on to your skin, it will also pull impurities out of your pores as you peel it off.

Step 1: Wash your face to remove all oil.

Step 2: Apply the clay mask to your face, leaving some space all around it for the 2nd mask. Wait for this clay mask to dry completely.

Step 3: After your clay mask has dried completely, apply the peel-off mask right on top of it, going outside of the clay mask a bit, so that you can grab on to it later when you peel it off.

Step 4: Once the mask has dried completely, begin to peel it off, grabbing both sides! Here, my husband is pulling it from only one side, for the purpose of making photography easier, but when you're doing this at home, pull from both sides instead. :o)

I hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial!

Oh, hey, here's a recipe for S'Mores Cupcakes. The super easy instruction on how to make them is under the cut. Cheers!

S'Mores Cupcakes Recipe

8 Graham crackers, crushed in a food processor. Note: If you don't have Graham crackers where you are at, use 10 Lu biscuits.

3 Tablespoons butter, melted. Use more as necessary.

12 large  marshmallows.

Your favorite chocolate cake batter


1. Mix the crushed Graham crackers and melted butter together. Press to the bottom of your cupcake cups to make a crust. Bake at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes.

2. Pour the cake batter into the cupcake cups and bake according to your recipe.

3. Remove the baked cupcakes from the oven, top each one with a marshmallow.

4. Put your cupcakes back into the oven and bake until the marshmallow is softened. You might need to gently press the marshmallows down afterward with your hand to flatten them a bit. You may put them back into the oven with the Broil setting, for 30 seconds to 1 minute, in order to brown your marshmallow a bit. Or, you may even use a kitchen torch to quickly brown them. I pulled my cupcakes out early because I was in a rush.


  1. Ow wow.. Thanks for sharing (both the recipe and cupcakes.. YUM !!!


  2. The cupcakes look really good. I might try them some day. :)


    1. You should! You won't be able to stop at just one. Lol.

  3. Wow. Nice diy for cupcakes and pore strips. Happy weekend :-)

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I hope your weekend was a nice one. :o)

  4. Fantastic DIY project! This is such a great idea! I would never have thought to layer masks like this. Thanks so much for sharing!
    The cupcakes look amazing...yum!

    Keisha xo

    1. Thanks, Keisha! I hope that you'll try them (both the mask and cupcake recipes!).

  5. Awesome DIY! Who would've ever thought? Thank you!


  6. great tutorial hun, might just give it a go! and wow those cupcakes look amazing :D
    Melissa || My Blog

    1. I hope that you'll try the mask! The sensation you get when peeling it off is amazing. Lol.

  7. Very informative DIY tutorial ....those cup cakes are looking dam tempting.

  8. Such a good diy, but I loooove those smores cupcakes!

    1. You should make them! They're super easy. :o)

  9. Great recipe, I must try it out! I'm looking forward to seeing the outcome. Thanks for sharing.

    Jasmine x
    For a Real Woman
    So easy Spanish!

    1. I hope that you'll try out the mask! It feels amazing when you peel it off. Lol.

  10. Great diy idea. I will definitely try this tip .


  11. Anything for clean and smaller pores! :) This was great!

  12. Wow, the pore strips are so easy! Thanks so much for telling me. And those smores cupcakes look yummy!


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