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I've been a bit MIA lately. Why you may ask? Well, because I've been half on the struggle bus and half working on a rather large project that I've had in draft mode for far too long. And I am SO excited about it. I literally woke up the other day and decided THAT was the day I'd get started on it and I've been hooked on it ever since. If you're a mom in Southern Maine, you won't want to miss this! So be sure to sign up for our email list via the link in my bio so you can be one of the first to know what's going on.
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I've been a bit MIA...

Well, it's officially the day Zack and I have been looking forward to for a couple of years now. While we've already unofficially been "moved on" from military life for a couple of months now, today it's official that Zack is no longer an Active Duty Marine and I am no longer a military spouse. The first big chapter of his adult life and our life together has officially ended. It's scary almost when you've been living with all the stability of a lifestyle for so long. A stable job, stable income, health benefits, a home. It's been a challenging couple of months as we get more settled here in Maine and figure out the next step for our little family. But I know we have so much to look forward to in the next year and it's refreshing to know we have the opportunity to start over. I am so proud of this guy and I can't wait to see what the next chapter of our life has in store for us. •
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Well, it's officially the day...

This mama is on the struggle bus today. This morning I spent over an hour searching for Allie's sippy cup of milk only to find it in the shower...where I looked 5+ times considering that's where she was playing while I got ready for the day. I then got the incorrect order from Dunkin and to make that even worse, it was pumpkin flavored...and if you know me, you know I cannot stand anything pumpkin flavored so I couldn't even suck it up and drink it (shoutout to @mwhited8195 for bringing me the correct drink order!). Nap time wasn't any better. A solid 40 minutes of crying before Allie finally went down...then she woke up 30 minutes later 🙄 And now I'm scrambling to get everything on my to-do list done so we can officially launch Blogmas tomorrow 😬 It's been a morning and I'm about ready for my own nap at this point. But at least it's Friday? 🤷🏻‍♀️😂
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It's yet another snow day here in Maine. The last winter I spent here was in 2015 and we maybe had three snow storms all winter. This year, we've had 3-5 just in the last couple of weeks 🙄 I'm already homesick for beautiful and warm North Carolina summers 😔 anyone else here who hates winter? If you need us, Allie and I will be curled up inside with some movies and a never-ending to-do list. #bloggerlife •
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It's yet another snow day...

Blogmas starts in T-5 days! I've been working so hard on producing awesome Blogmas content these past couple of months so I'm super excited to finally start sharing it with you all this weekend. Today on the blog I'm sharing a quick breakdown of Blogmas 2018, what you can look forward to on Mainely Keating, and 25 blog post ideas for those of you who want to participate in Blogmas as well! You can find the link to the full blog post in my bio! •
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Beauty Review | Lorac Sheer POREfection Foundation

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Lorac Sheer POREfection Foundation | KeatingBartlett.com

Last month, I did a post on my top three favorite drugstore foundations. I am a huge fan of affordable makeup products that fit every woman’s busy lifestyle and have been very fortunate to have found some great products that work so well for me. After reviewing some of the comments, I had a few readers who swore by their high-end foundations and a couple suggested I try one sometime as well. So after gathering some recommendations from friends, I set out to my nearest ULTA location to pick up the Lorac Sheer POREfection Foundation*. It really did kill me to spend $34 on a foundation and I literally stood in that store for WAY too long trying to determine if I should go through with it or not. Not that I can’t afford it or anything. It’s just super impractical to me to spend THAT much every single time my foundation runs out.

Related: My Top Three Favorite Drugstore Foundations

And in all honesty, I was terrified I’d fall in love with it. I just did not want to be one of those people who spends that much money on a single product. Ultimately, I decided to go through with it because I wanted to see what all the hype is about! I really would love to use products that are better for my skin and don’t use as many harsh chemicals, but being that we’re about to bring another life into this world, I just don’t feel that NOW is the best time to switch my makeup to high-end. And again, that price tag. It kills me. But anyway, onto my review!

INITIAL REACTION:

The moment I got it home that day, I instantly decided to redo my makeup so I could try it out. At first, I was a little iffy. For my skin, the light coverage just didn’t work as well as I’d want it to. I should have spent the extra $4 and gotten the full coverage version. But the second day, I applied my tinted moisturizer first before applying my foundation and it made a world of a difference. The two together were perfect. The foundation lasted all day with zero issues and zero touch ups which I was super impressed with. So I decided I’d wear it every day for a month so that I could get a real feel for it before bringing it to you all for a review.

Lorac Sheer POREfection Foundation | KeatingBartlett.com

AFTER A MONTH OF WEARING IT:

PROS:

  • Easy to apply and blends well. So many people swear by their beauty blenders so I gave them another shot when I purchased this foundation. Nope. Still don’t like them haha So I used a brush as mentioned in my last foundation post and it went on very smoothly. It is very easy to distribute and with a brush, I don’t feel like I need to use as much product to cover my whole face like I do with sponges. This products sets super quickly so you kind of have to work fast and a sponge just absorbs it way too quickly.
  • All-day wear. In the month that I wore this foundation, it was very rare I ever had to reapply it or touch it up regardless of what I was doing that day. I could be out in the heat and humidity all day and that foundation was locked in. Same with all the makeup I put on top of it like bronzers and blush and highlight. It stayed all day. This is a rather huge pro for me. Nobody has time to constantly be touching up their makeup throughout the day. AND it even took some scrubbing to get it all off at the end of the day so I’d assume it does well in rain and through a few tears as well. Another bonus!
  • Very lightweight. Even with mixing my moisturizer with it, the product was super lightweight to the point where it barely felt like you were wearing makeup at all. It also gives you a matte, poreless-looking finish.
  • Oil-free and paraben-free. I’m starting to become super interested in products that are paraben-free and oil-free because they’re just so much better for your skin. This one is also fragrance-free and is infused with anti-aging antioxidants, olive leaf extract, lemon fruit extract and papaya fruit extract to help soothe, nourish and rejuvenate your skin. This makes it a great option for those of you with sensitive skin. My skin is super sensitive, especially around my chin and in the month I’ve been using this product, I’ve had zero issues with breakouts. I’m actually now coming to the conclusion that one of my previous foundations was making my skin worse. I’m going to have to do some research to figure out which one, but this one has been amazing on my skin.

Lorac Sheer POREfection Foundation | KeatingBartlett.com

CONS:

In all honesty, it was hard to find some cons. I like this product that much.

  • Super sheer coverage. Yes, I know it says it in the name of the product, but it really is that sheer. I ended up applying my tinted moisturizer with it as well to balance it out better and give it a better coverage. So if your skin is as messy as mine is being pregnant right now then a sheer coverage isn’t going to work as well for you. Plus I have freckles that I can’t stand so my foundation has to be thick enough to cover them!
  • It sets quickly. As mentioned above, this product sets rather quickly. This is a mix between a pro and a con, depending on how you look at it. On the bright side, there’s no lag time between when you apply your foundation and when you go back in to do the rest of your makeup. It sets almost instantly. But this can also be a con depending how you apply your foundation. Using a brush, it doesn’t bother me as much and I can easily work around it. But if you’re using sponges to apply your foundation or if you’re the type to put the product on the back of your hand and take from it whenever needed then you may run into some issues.

FINAL DECISION:

As much as I hate to say it, but the Lorac Sheer POREfection Foundation* a winner! I definitely plan to purchase this one again in the future (or go for the full coverage version*). I hate the price tag, but with this foundation, one pump is all it takes to cover my entire face so I’ve barely used any of this product in the last month. And I wear makeup 7 days a week. So I see it lasting a lot longer than my other foundations. For that reason, I think I’ll be making this my new everyday foundation from here on out!

Have you tried this foundation? What do you recommend I try next?

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