Makeup By Kim Porter

Launching Soon: Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture at Sephora

Launching Soon: Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture at Sephora

Black History Month is the perfect time to talk about the woman responsible for where hair care for black women is today – Madam C.J. Walker. She launched and sold her first hair care product in 1905, Madam Walker’s Wonderful Hair Grower, a scalp conditioning and healing formula. She’s also responsible for making the hot comb popular (not inventing it) when she began to use it with her hair products as part of a hair care regimen that she practiced. Ms. Walker is also known as one of the first African American millionaires due to her entrepreneurial efforts. As you can see why it’s important for me to introduce you to the historic launch of Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture haircare, which will be available exclusively at Sephora and on March 4, 2016.

Madam C.J. Walker was the first person to devise and scale a business model that addressed the hair care and beauty needs of women of color, while also challenging the myopic ideals of the beauty industry at that time.

-Richelieu Dennis, CEO of Sundial Brands.


Madam CJ walker Beauty Culture

The Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture line will feature four collections: Brassica Seed & Shea Oils Collection (Smoothing/Style-Extending), Coconut & Moringa Oils Collection (Frizz Fighting/Humidity-Blocking) and Jamaican Black Castor & Murumuru Oils Collection (Curl-Defining/Moisture-Sealing) – and one treatment collection – Dream Come True Collection (Scalp & Strand Nourishing).

Each collection features two first-to-market product formulas: Dual Encapsulation Oil Technology (reparative and style-enhancing), and Natural Silicone Alternative (Brassica Seed Oil). Dual Encapsulation Oil Technology are described as tiny microspheres infuse hair with targeted, time-released nutrients to rapidly boost conditioning benefits, delivering nourishment where the hair needs it most. The Natural Silicone Alternative, Brassica Seed Oil is touted as an excellent antioxidant that results in a natural shine, smoothness and silky softness without the potential for buildup.

Products offered in the Madam C.J Walker Beauty Culture collection include:

1. Jamaican Black Castor & Murumuru Oils Collection

Pure Clarifying Shampoo w/ ACV

Ultra-Moisturizing Conditioner

Ultra-Moisturizing Co-Wash

Ultra-Moisturizing Detangler

Defining Butter Crème

Twist, Lock & Seal Lotion

Loosen & Stretch Gel

Edge Control & Shape Paste

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

2. Brassica Seed & Shea Oils Collection

Silkening Shampoo

Silkening Conditioner

Silkening Leave-in

Silkening Blow Out Crème

Shine & Hold Spray

Brassica Seed Oil

3. Coconut & Moringa Oils Collection

Curl Shampoo

Curl Conditioner

Curl Defining Milk

Curl Refresher Mist

Humidity Block Curl Gel

Flyaway Curl Control Serum

Coconut Oil

4. Dream Come True Collection

Wonderful Pre-Wash Protein Treatment

Wonderful Scalp Exfoliator

Wonderful Deep Conditioning Masque

What’s even more refreshing about the launch of the Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture hair care line is that it is owned by the black-owned and family operated Sundial Brands. Their ability to see the importance of launching a luxury hair care line based off of a woman who, as a pioneer in the beauty industry, and built a culture of beauty rooted in personal and economic empowerment, education and entrepreneurship, excites and inspires me.

As much as I wish the line were released during Black History Month, I still can’t wait to try out Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture, especially the products from the Jamaican Black Castor Oil & Murumuru Oils Collection, Brassica Seed and Shea Oils Collection, and the Dream Come True Collection.

For more information, on the Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture line visit: | Instagram |  Twitter | Facebook

What do you think of this release of the Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture line? Will you make a purchase?


John Frieda 3-Day Straight™ Flat Iron Spray Review


I have been wearing my hair natural (relaxer-free) for nearly three years. There are times when I like wearing my hair straight, which I achieve through the use of a flat iron. However, one of the things with which I would struggle is my hair turning into a poof ball within 30-minutes after straightening my natural hair. Alas, I’ve found a solution: John Frieda 3-Day Straight™ Flat Iron Spray.

John Frieda 3-Day Straight™ Flat-Iron Spray


John Frieda 3-Day Straight™ description:

“Revolutionary heat-activated formula wraps each strand to seal in longer-lasting straightness without weighing hair down. Protects against heat damage and blocks frizz.”

For the last few months, I’ve been routinely using the John Frieda 3-Day Straight™ Flat Iron Spray on my damp hair after washing. The fact that I’ve been using it for this long says a lot, especially since I’ve tried several anti-reversion hair products that haven’t worked, so my expectations for this product were low.

John Frieda 3-Day Straight™ Flat-Iron Spray directions

The John Frieda 3-Day Straight™ Flat Iron Spray is easy to use.

  1. Part your hair in four (4) sections
  2. Spray damp hair
  3. Place hair in two-strand twists
  4. Sit under hooded dryer or air dry
  5. Blow dry straight and/or
  6. Flat Iron

The John Frieda 3-Day Straight™ Flat Iron Spray, unlike other flat iron sprays I’ve used, doesn’t weigh down my hair or leave it feeling sticky. It also has a nice, clean fragrance that isn’t overwhelming. My hair is softer and easier to manage when blow drying, and even shinier and more after flat ironing.

I’ve found that after using it, my hair, unless it gets soaked, stays straight for longer than three days. In fact, my last run with the John Frieda 3-Day Straight™ Flat Iron Spray had my hair impressively straight for a little over a week! Even on days where the humidity is through the roof, my hair doesn’t frizz.

I love using the John Frieda 3-Day Straight™ Flat Iron Spray whenever I need to flat iron my hair. I feel secure knowing that my hair is protected from the heat while it’s getting straightened. If you’re looking for a heat-protecting flat ironing spray that delivers on frizz control for three days or more, I suggest picking up a bottle of the John Frieda 3-Day Straight™ Flat Iron Spray.

The John Frieda 3-Day Straight™ Flat Iron Spray retails for $8.97 at Walmart.


Have you tried the John Frieda 3-Day Straight™ Flat Iron Spray? If so, did you like it?

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Panic on Brown Skin



I’m a fan of NARS, especially their beautiful blushers. I was happy to have been able to get my hands on their Spring 2015 release of the Dual-Intensity Blush in Panic.

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Panic Collage

NARS’ description of the Dual-Intensity Blush:

Featuring NARS’ exclusive Translucent Prismatic Technology, the newly- imagined formula allows for multi-dimensional effects with a uniquely weightless, luxurious texture. Six modern shade pairings curated by Francois Nars offer a universal spectrum of hues that works across all skintones. Sweeps on dry for a bold flush or wet for a translucent wash of color. Dry pigments impart a natural glow that warms the complexion and fuses weightlessly. Dampen NARS’ exclusive Wet/Dry Blush Brush before application for a watercolor effect—dab over the apples of the cheeks and swirl in a circular motion to paint on a subtle tint.

NARS DUal-Intensity Blush Panic Packaging

The NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Panic is a beautiful blush compact housing two shades of blush: (r) bright pink and (l) golden coral.

I like applying the NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in ‘Panic’ with my NARS All Day Luminous Foundation (review) as a base. I first apply the left side (golden coral shade) blended lightly towards my temples, close to my hairline. Following that, I gently swirl the bright pink shade on the right on the apples of my cheeks.

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Wet/Dry

Applied dry, the Dual-Intensity Blush ‘Panic’ blends smoothly with ease. I love the beautiful, healthy glow with a flush of color that it provides. These days I prefer a more natural look, and this is exactly what the dry application of Panic provides. However, applying the Dual-Intensity Blush when wet intensifies the pigments and shimmer in the blush, which I do not prefer for myself. The application when wet can also be a bit splotchy. It takes work, and I know that when I’m doing my makeup, I have no time for more work.

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush Panic Makeup by Kim Smith

Overall, I’m a fan of the NARS Dual-Intensity Blush ‘Panic’. It looks amazing on my brown skin, especially when applied dry. During the winter when my skin can look dull, a quick swirl of this blush brightens it right back up!


The NARS Dual-Intensity Blush retails for $45, and is available in five additional shades: Adoration, Craving, Fervor, Frenzy, and Jubilation.

Have you tried any of the NARS Dual-Intensity Blushers? If so, which, if any, are your favorites?


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