Makeup By Kim Porter

Kim S.



Today I am reviewing the May edition GLOSSYBOX subscription beauty box. By now you’ve probably heard of GLOSSYBOX, but if not, I’ll give you a brief insight as to what it is: a luxury beauty box monthly subscription service in the United States.  Each month, GLOSSYBOX ships to its subscribers five deluxe-sized luxury beauty products in a beautifully packaged light pink box.


The May GLOSSYBOX included everything from shower gel to hair care products to skincare, and even mascara.


VersaSpa Face Moisturizing Gradual Tanner: The box contained two sample size (0.25 fl oz.) tubes of the hydrating self-tanner. However, I don’t use tanning products since I was blessed with a beautiful, permanent bronze glow 😉 so I didn’t use this product.

May GLOSSYBOX VeraSpa Beyond Tan

Full Size: $35.00/ 2.0 oz.

Would I Purchase: No

Talika Photo-hydra Day: There was a full-sized Photo-hydra day moisturizer. I’m happy about that because this one was my favorite. It is an amino-acid containing moisturizer uses energy from natural light to recreate the effects of natural light on the skin, which means summer glow all year long. The Talika Photo-hydra Day has become my go-to moisturizer since receiving the May GLOSSYBOX. It is lightweight, absorbs easily, and keeps my skin moisturized without the greasy feel. It works well under makeup, too.

May GLOSSYBOX Talika Photo-hydra Day

Full Size: $29 / 1.0 oz.

Would I Purchase: Yes

Body care

Rituals Cosmetics Shower Foam in ‘Zensation’: Rituals Shower Foams are not new to me; they’re actually a favorite of mine. This was a product I was excited to see in the May GLOSSYBOX. Although a small can (1.6 fl oz) this product will last a while since a little goes a long way. The ‘Zensation’ shower foam combines organic rice milk with cherry blossom both which hydrates and smoothens the skin. I like the light cherry blossom fragrance experienced both during and after showering.

May GLOSSYBOX Rituals Zensation

Full Size: $15 / 6.7 oz.

Would I Purchase: Yes.


Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Super Curling & Lifting Mascara: A travel-sized mascara was in the May GLOSSYBOX. I’ve been using mascara with a similar Hook ‘n’ Roll brush that grabs, separates, lifts and curls the lashes. My lashes are already curly so I didn’t notice a true difference in curl, but it did a good job at keeping my lashes separated, and lengthened them. As a contact wearer, I liked that it didn’t flake. If you’re into wetter mascara formulas you will like this one.

May GLOSSYBOX Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Super Curling & Lifting Mascara

Full Size: $24 / 0.3 oz.

Would I Purchase: Yes, but only after I’m done with my current mascara that offers me the same results for the same price.


Nioxin System 3 Cleanser and Scalp Therapy Conditioner: I’ve wanted to try Nioxin hair products for a while because of my hair loss issues, so seeing the brand included in this month’s GLOSSYBOX excited me. That was until I realized the products (two 1.7 fl oz. bottles) included are for chemically treated hair. I haven’t yet used it because I’m not sure how well these hair products will fair with my hair. I’ll bring them with me to my next hair appointment, and have my hairdresser make the decision.

May GLOSSYBOX Nioxin 3

Full Size: $49 / System

Would I Purchase: Yes, but the system suited for my hair type.

Bonus: A $5 off coupon for the Nioxin Night Density Rescue treatment when purchased at Ulta or

Overall, even though I wasn’t able to use two of the five products from the May GLOSSYBOX, I still thought it was great value ($21/monthly subscription vs. $65 product value). I was able to find a new moisturizer that I love and will run to repurchase. The Zensation Shower Foam was lovely, and made me fall in-love even more with the products this brand has. I like that each GLOSSYBOX includes a detailed description card with tips and tricks on how to use each products contained in the box.

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The New Milani Essential Brush Set

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Milani, the affordable cosmetics line has launched its first brush collection – the Milani Essential Brush Set. This synthetic (nylon) brush set features six (6) brushes for the face and eyes to help create a beautiful makeup look using professional quality tools.

Milani Essential Brush Set in Brushfolio

I was able to test out each brush featured in the Milani Essential Brush Set, and I’m happy with how the brushes in the set performed. As a fan of synthetic brushes since they offer greater versatility and superior durability over time, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck since the brushes are affordably priced. The nylon bristles of the brush are soft, and allow you to create a flawless, streak-free makeup look.

Foundation Brush – $16

This flat top brush blends powder, cream and liquid foundation. I used it to apply my HG liquid foundation, and the brush applied my makeup effortlessly. My makeup wasn’t streaky, and uneven.

Milani Essential Brush Set Foundation Brush

Powder/ Bronzer Brush – $16

This dome –shaped brush is a 2-in-1 powder and bronzer brush that’s great for blending and buffing bronzer or powder into the skin. I used this brush to apply press (not buff) my loose powder onto my skin in the areas where I wanted to reduce shine like my t-zone. I also used it to apply my bronzer, but I found I liked it best for pressing in my powder.

Milani Essential Brush Set Powder Brush

Blush Brush – $16

The tapered bristles of this brush are perfect for precise application of blush. I applied one of my brightest blushes with this brush to test out how well it performed. The Essential Blush Brush worked well. My blush was placed exactly where I wanted it, and the brush blended the blush to perfection. No clown makeup here! I also liked to use it to apply my highlighter.

Milani Essential Brush Set Blush

All Over Shadow Brush – $8

This soft, flat brush is the perfect size for applying eyeshadow or base to the eyelids. It’s a good brush for packing on eyeshadow onto the lid. You can also flip it over to get into the crease.

Milani All Over Eyeshadow Brush

Blending Brush – $8

The rounded, tapered Blending Brush is great for blending eyeshadow to soften lines, contouring, or even blending concealer. I used this brush for several things like blending shadow into the crease, blending my under eye concealer, and applying contour to my nose.

Milani Essential Brush Set Blending Brush

Crease Brush – $8

The small rounded bristles of the Crease Brush make it perfect for applying shadow to the outer v, sculpting out the eye with precision, for added depth and dimension. Think smoky eye.

Milani Essential Brush Set Crease Brush

The Milani Essential Brush Set can be purchased for $60 or each brush individually, but purchasing the set you saves you $9. The brushes can be purchased on

Milani Essential Brush Kit Results

Have you tried the Milani Essential Brush Set?

Which of these brushes would you pick up?

I got rid of my lady ‘stache using the Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit

Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit for Face and Upper Lip

I’ve always had a little hair on my upper lip, but I was always scared to remove it. Why? I was told that if I got rid of it the hair would grow back thicker, and a full-blown mustache was not what I wanted so I put off removing it. But, my lady ‘stache was still a source of insecurity. When I applied my makeup, unless I color corrected my upper lip, I’d have a dark cast in that area. No Bueno! One day, I decided to finally get rid of my lady ‘stache, and picked up the Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit for Face and Upper Lip.

Using the Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit for Face and Upper Lip was easy. It’s a two-step system that requires you to first apply the hair removal cream using the precision tip, let it set for up 10 minutes, and then rinse off. Following the rinse, I’d apply the Moroccan Argan Oil Rebalancing Moisturizer, which prevented irritation and helped to keep the area smooth and moisturized.

Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit for Face and Upper Lip -Two steps

The first time I used the Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit I’d washed my face, but used my Michael Todd Soniclear. Bad idea. I have no idea what got into me because I clearly know that depilatory creams and exfoliating do not mix. Don’t try it. I’ve done it for you. And yes, my upper lip burned, but the silver lining came when applying the Moroccan Argan Oil Rebalancing Moisturizer. My upper lip had no redness or irritation after. That was pretty amazing.

Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit_before During after

My upper lip remained hair-free for a few weeks, at least three, which is pretty impressive. No, my hair didn’t grow back thicker either. Yay!

I’m happy I chose to remove my lady ‘stache using the Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit for Face and Upper lip. Because of it I do not have darkness around that area, and I spend less time applying my makeup. Also, my makeup applies smoother and my skin looks flawless and even.

I’d recommend picking up the Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit for Face and Upper lip if you’re like me and want to test the lady ‘stache removal waters, but do not want to venture into waxing or threading the area. Plus, there’s no swelling or pain involved when using this as a removal method unlike waxing and threading.

Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit for Face and Upper Lip

The Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit for Face and Upper Lip retails for , but I picked it up on-sale for $5.00 at Walmart.

Have you tried the Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit for Face and Upper Lip?

What’s your preferred upper lip hair removal product?

Brighten Your Look with the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Lipsticks

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Although the weather doesn’t really seem like it, but believe it or not, spring is here. Usually, when people think of spring they think of spring-cleaning, but for myself and others in the beauty world spring means new looks using colors that pop! Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick line makes it easy to add that perfect pop of color while keeping your lips moisturized.

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara

I’ve set aside my vampy lips in exchange for a fresh-faced look with just a pop of color using the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick along with their Grand Entrance Mascara.

Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick Pink Pink

First up, we have the Beautiful Moisturizing Lipstick in Pink Pink. Normally, I am not a fan of shimmer in lipsticks, I’m either a satin or matte type of girl, but Pink Pink looks nice on me. The blue-toned pink goes well with my skintone.

Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick Wild Berry

Wild Berry, when applied looked a lot brighter than what I thought. I love bright lip colors, so that didn’t bother me. This one is actually my favorite.

Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick Valentine

Valentine is so pretty! I’ve deemed it one of my favorite red lipsticks. My lips look so full and plump when wearing it. I see myself sporting it daily, whether to work or casually on the weekends.

Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick Marigold

I love wearing orange shades of lipsticks, especially during the summer. I was happy to have received Marigold. It’s a red with more of an orange tone; however, when applied, it looks a bit redder, and not as opaque as the other shades. It’s pretty, but I prefer my lipsticks to have a bit more color.

Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick Swatches brown skin

I love the look and feel of the Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipsticks. They do exactly what they say they will do: keep my lips moisturized and soft. The lipstick has pretty decent staying power, even after drinking a beverage. I also like that Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick, aside from Marigold, applies with full, almost opaque color with one swipe.

How do you update your look for spring?

Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick Giveaway

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick Giveaway

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