Beauty/Body Recipes, Tips & Tricks

Homemade Makeup Primer (and happy Spring!)


Homemade Makeup Primer ~ Ashley's Homemade Adventures

This homemade makeup primer has only 2 ingredients, it couldn’t be more simple and it’s so cheap to make! I have been using it for a few weeks now and I am loving it.

This is going to sound really weird but I was using this anti-chaffing gel as a primer for years. I can’t remember where I saw it but someone had suggested it as a cheaper alternative to this Smashbox primer. It actually works great, although I can’t say if it compares to the Smashbox primer since I never tried that. Still, I wanted to try to make something that has better ingredients and to save even more money.

I have seen other primer recipes that say to mix your foundation with moisturizer but I wanted to try to make something similar to the gel I had been using for a long time. I already had a small bottle of aloe gel I picked up at the dollar store. We live in Florida and I burn easily so it’s a must have! I grabbed that and went to the kitchen to experiment, this is what I ended up with.

Homemade Makeup Primer ~ Ashley's Homemade Adventures
Homemade Makeup Primer ~ Ashley's Homemade Adventures

Homemade Makeup Primer:

1 Tablespoon Aloe Gel

1 Teaspoon Cornstarch

Simply mix together until combined, and store covered so it won’t dry out. Apply to clean skin and let dry before applying foundation.

I wanted to use arrowroot powder but I’m currently out, more people will probably have cornstarch in their kitchen anyways. If you try the arrowroot powder version please let me know how it turns out in the comments. It has always worked perfectly in place of cornstarch in other things I have made. Either way, this costs only pennies to make!

I think this is a great amount to start with to see if you like it. If you want to make a bigger batch then simply increase the aloe gel to 1/4 cup and the arrowroot powder to 1 tablespoon.

I hope you enjoy this and that it will help save you money! If you try it, please let me know how you like it. If you have any ideas on improving it, I would love to hear those also.

Since it’s finally spring, I just wanted to share some pictures with you guys! This is probably my favorite time of year here in NE Florida. The weather is gorgeous! (as I am writing this, it’s in the 70’s with blue skies – perfect!) I already have some peas in the garden and some other baby plants in pots (Tomato, basil, melon, etc.) I absolutely love working in the garden, even if I pay for it later lol. We have lots of wildflowers blooming and it’s just a beautiful time of year with the new growth. I hope these will bring a smile to your face, especially if you are still dealing with winter weather where you live.

❤ Ashley

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Food Recipes

The BEST Homemade Ranch


The Best Homemade Ranch ~ Ashley's Homemade Adventures

I finally found the one… The absolute BEST homemade ranch recipe! I have tried so many over the years. Some were decent, but just not exactly what I was looking for. I took what I liked from a few different recipes and combined them. This recipe is so good and SO easy (which makes it even better). Everyone loves it and I am always asked for the recipe. It’s also happens to be Keto friendly!

When you make this it will be a little thick, which is perfect as a veggie dip. To use it as salad dressing I usually thin it down more, just add more cream until it’s the consistency you want. You can use buttermilk in place of heavy cream if you’d like, or half of each is good too! I recommend making it at least a few hours ahead of time, overnight is even better.

This makes quite a bit of ranch which is great for a family or if you are making it to bring to a party, but if you are just making it for yourself you will probably want to cut the recipe in half.

Ashley’s Homemade Ranch: 

1 cup (REAL) mayonnaise

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup dried parsley flakes

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon dried chives

1 teaspoon dried dill

1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Add all ingredients to a large bowl and stir until combined. Chill for at least a few hours.

I hope you and your family will enjoy this as much as we do! If you try it, please come back to let me know what you think in the comments below and share with your friends.

❤ Ashley

The Best Homemade Ranch ~ Ashley’s Homemade Adventures

The ramekin pictured is from the Pioneer Woman line, I just love her stuff! You can get your own here: The Pioneer Woman Ramekins  

More amazing Pioneer Woman products, so pretty!

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