Makeup By Kim Porter

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 http://milanicosmetics.com/Brushes/.

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

Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture: Whipping my Hair into Health

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Remember that time when I broke the news about the Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture hair product line? Well, now I am back after putting some of the products into action. I had the opportunity to test out products from both the Curl Enhancing Jamaican Black Castor & Murumuru Oils Collection, and the Smoothing Brassica Seed & Shea Oils Collection.

 Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Jamaican Black Castor & Murumuru Oil Pure Clarifying Shampoo with ACV

 I started off my hair wash day using the Jamaican Black Castor & Murumuru Oil Pure Clarifying Shampoo with Apple Cider Vinegar($26). Both JBCO and ACV are staples in my hair care routine, especially as a natural hair girl who is working on growing longer, stronger, and healthier hair.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil is dark, raw oil that is rich in Omega-6 fatty acids and Vitamin E. I’ve used the oil alone on my scalp, as a hot oil treatment and on my hairline to help regrow the areas where hair was lost or thinning. Apple Cider Vinegar also has great hair health benefits like balancing the pH levels of the hair and scalp, which can create the perfect environment for hair growth, and it aids in shinier and healthier hair by helping to seal the hair cuticles. If you have dry and itchy scalp, both ingredients are perfect treatments.

Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Jamaican Black Castor & Murumuru Shampoo

I liked seeing the two ingredients combined into this sulfate-free shampoo that created a thick and creamy lather when applied to wet hair. It successfully removed any build-up of product form both my daughter’s and my hair. Fellow natural hair girls know how much product can build-up within a week or two, and the Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Jamaican Black Castor & Murumuru Oil Pure Clarifying Shampoo with ACV does an excellent job of removing the buildup without stripping the hair. Both of our hair was left soft manageable, and tangle-free.

I don’t always blow-dry our hair, but I did get a chance to use the Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Brassica Seed & Shea Oils Silkening Blow Out Crème ($26). The crème has the consistency of lotion, but without the oily or greasy feel. It has a light candy-like scent that quickly dissipates once applied to the hair. I like that it doubles as a heat protectant for those times when I want to wear my hair straight after blow-drying. Plus, the special time-release ingredients aid in extending the life of my straightened hair.

Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Brassica Seed & Shea Oils Blow Out Creme

After either of our hair is styled, using the pump dispenser, I’d place a few drops of the Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Brassica Seed & Shea Oils Brassica Seed Oil ($26) into the palms of my hands and work through for added shine, and to help lay down fly-aways. The oil isn’t thick, and doesn’t weigh down our hair. I do find that it works and smells best on freshly washed hair.

Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Brassica Seed & Shea Oils Brassica Seed oil

I thought I had an HG edge control gel until I used the Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Jamaican Black Castor & Murumuru Oil Edge Control and Shape Paste ($26). This Jamaican Black Castor Oil & Murumuru Edge Control has my edges LAIDT, hunny! I’m not even kidding. Even if my hair isn’t pressed, it gets my edges slick and without the stickiness or buildup. Oh, and there’s no white residue. It’s definitely a product I would repurchase.

Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Jamaican Black Castor & Murumuru Oil Edge Control

So far, I’m loving the products I have from both of the Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture lines. I can’t wait to check out the others. Although it’s too early to tell how well each product is working in helping my hair growth, I’ll continue using them and just wait and see.

The Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Jamaican Black Castor & Murumuru Oil Collection is meant for those with coily or curly hair, while the Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Brassica Seed & Shea Oils Brassica Seed Oil is made for those who heat style their hair. Both collections, along with the other two collections: Coconut and Moringa Oils Collection, and Dream Come True Collection are currently available at your local Sephora or Sephora.com. Prices range between $24-32.

Have you tried any of the products from any of the Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture hair product lines? What are your thoughts?

 

 

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