Makeup By Kim Porter


Beauty Items to Pack for a Summer Vacation

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Beauty Items Summer Vacation
I’m going away on vacation soon to celebrate my 30th birthday. .:Yipee:.  This vacation will be a much needed break from my daily grind, and everything else that I’ve dealt with over the past year, which has been a lot!  You can read about it all over on Beauty and the Bump.  Anyway, I think you will agree that one week (or more) in the sun on someone’s beach is a necessary indulgence for both me and my husband; we’ve earned it.

The most daunting task for me when it comes to vacations is preparation and packing.  I’m well known for over packing; just read my piece on  This time around, I am sticking to just a few items because lugging heavy luggage isn’t fun (for the husband), and luggage fees are just insane these days.  But, does that mean my skincare and beauty regimen will suffer? Nope!

I’m sorry, but, I am not one of those people who will just use any old thing found in a hotel bathroom on my skin; I’m picky like that.  When I travel, I still like to look cute, which means sticking to my skincare regimen, and packing items that will enhance my natural beauty.  A lot of the items I pack should have a dual purpose, for example, a tinted moisturizer with SPF.  The products should be lightweight and compact, thus allowing them to all fit nicely in my clear Zuca bag.  Below are my picks for beauty items to pack for summer vacation.


LUSH Cosmetics Dark Angels Cleanser – Detox, cleanse, and oil-control all in-one. This is one of my favorite cleansers.  The small container is perfect for traveling, too.  And, it’s another multitasking product, as it can also be used as a body cleanser. (Read review)

CLEANSE by Lauren Napier – These are perfect for travel since they come individually wrapped.  I can use them post flight, in my bed at night to remove makeup, on the beach… you get it. I can whip these wipes out anywhere, anytime I feel my face needs cleansing. (Read review)

Dermalogica  Solar Defense Booster –  This over the Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray with the Makeup Finishing Spray on top for my no makeup days out roaming the streets or chilling on the beach.  Either way, my skin will be protected from the harsh UVA/UVB rays.  (Read review)

Roloxin Lift – A special treat for my skin post flight or for my birthday dinner out on the town – whatever town we end up traveling to– when I need my skin to look its best.  It too, comes in a small packet, which makes it excellent for travel. (Read review)


Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray | Oil Control – This is a silicone-free makeup primer spray for us oily girls (or boys) that can be worn alone or with makeup to keep oil at bay. It can also be mixed in with mascara, eyeshadow or brow product to create budge-proof makeup.

Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray | Oil Control – A must-have for setting makeup, especially in the summer, is setting spray.   While on vacation, in the heat, and humidity, who needs their makeup sliding or caking? Not me! This is where this Finishing Spray comes in handy.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer – I love multi-tasking products. The NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer has become my go-to moisturizer and “foundation” for the summer.  It keeps my skin moisturized while evening my skintone, and providing a healthy-looking glow. It also has SPF, and is lightweight. No one needs heavy makeup in the heat or on the beach. (Read review)

LA Girl Pro Concealer – Shades: Fawn & Toffee – These are my go-to, budge-proof concealers to hide my under eye circles and blemishes. Plus, if I lose them, I wouldn’t even mind since they’re only $1.99-2.50 each. (Read review)

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder #7 – I love this bronzer! I can use it alone, of course, I will not skip the SPF, or I can use it over my tinted moisturizer for a more polished look. The compact isn’t large, which means it can fit in my purse.

Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade – My go-to brow product and it’s great to use as eyeliner. (Read review)

UD Primer Potion when coupled with my Urban Decay Naked Palette will allow the eye shadows to last throughout the day and through the heat.

tarte lights camera splashes mascara (waterproof) – I love, love, love tarte mascaras! This one will last throughout the day, and even during my frolicking on the beach.

Sephora Collection Brush set:  This is a great set for travel in that it includes all of the necessary tools to apply minimal makeup effectively, and precisely.  The set includes the following: Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57, Pro Flawless Airbrush #56, Pro Angled Shadow Brush #13, Pro Crease Brush #10, and Pro Smoky Liner Brush #24.


L’oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Silky Sheer Lotion SPF30+ – I have sunscreen for my face covered, but, I also need to make sure my body is protected, too.  This sunscreen goes on light, it isn’t heavy like most sunscreens I’ve used, and it doesn’t have the strong sun block scent that most sunscreens have.  And it’s water resistant for up to 80-minutes.

Degree with Motionsense Invisible Solid – I just started using this deodorant this summer.  NYC heat and humidity is crazy when it’s high, and this has helped me keep fresh and smelling clean during those days, so I am confident it will function the same while away. My favorite scents are Sexy Intrigue and Shower Clean. They’re $3.88 at Walmart.

For my perfumes, I will probably pick up the travel perfume atomizer.  I am not travelling with a full-size bottle of perfume in my checked luggage. Imagine if one of them breaks?


Carmex – For some reason, when I’m away on vacation I do not use lipstick or lip gloss; I let my skin do the talking so it’s just straight carmex for my lips.  If I do end up bringing a lipstick, it will probably be my go-to shade for the summer, BlackUp Cosmetic’s RGE34M (matte orange), MAC Girl About Town, and/or MAC Call My Bluff.


Tell me, what beauty items vacation with you?


Disclosure: All opinions are my own. PR Samples. Affiliate Links.

Mother’s Day Wish List – Items Every Mom Needs

Mother's Day Wish List

Mother’s Day is just days away. There are a few items I’ve wanted that I think would improve my blogging, along with some pampering items that I think every mom needs in order to wind down after a long workday/week.

Momma needs a new camera!

I really want a new DSLR camera.  My Sony a35 takes good pictures, but, I’d like to be able to view myself while recording or taking photos while the phone is sitting on a tripod. Since the Sony a35’s viewer only shifts up and down, side to side, and not outward, I’m unable to see myself while recording videos or taking photos.

My dream camera is the Canon T4i, but I will settle for the Canon T3 18MP.

… And a New Camera Case

If I do not get a new camera, I need a small camera bag for my Sony a35.  I like the Camson Quality Compact Holster Camera Case I found on Amazon.  I often travel with my camera to events, and lately, I’ve either opted to use just my iPhone or took the risk of not putting the camera in its bag because the bag is just bulky, and unattractive.  I think the Camson Quality Compact Holster Camera Case would be perfect for me because it will allow me to safely transport my camera in my bag without it getting damaged. After a little mishap I had over the weekend that happened because I had water and the camera in my purse, I know I definitely need something like this!

I also need a zoom lens, too!

Momma needs to be pampered

Of course, I’d love a spa day, but I’d settle for a few of my favorite items or gift sets from the following brands:

LUSH Cosmetics

Some of my favorite products from LUSH are Sultana of Soap, Sandstone soap, Dark Angels Fresh Face Cleanser, Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner and more. There are items I still want to try, and LUSH has some great new gift sets created with mom in mind to keep us energized and relaxed.

My picks are…

Wonder Woohoo Bubble Bar ($6.95)

Hello Sweetie Gift ($16.95)

Mum Gift if you’re splurging ($54.95)


L’Occitane’s Almond Shower Oil is my favorite from the brand. I also love their fragrances (Magnolia & Mure is my favorite), and hand creams.  L’Occitane has some great sets that include these items.  Check them out here:

Momma needs a nice Summer Glow

If you read my other blog, you’ll know how badly I need a vacation.  We are planning one for around my 30th birthday, but, it would be nice to get away for one weekend in the sun.  I mean, I do need to boost my Vitamin D levels.  If not, I will settle for the bronzing powder I’ve been lemming over for what seems like forever, which is the Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder.  At least that way I can pretend like I went away.



Guerlain Terracotta Moisturising Bronzing Powder

That’s about all of the things I would like to receive as a Mother’s Day present.  It’s called a wish list for a reason, it doesn’t mean I will get them.

And if you’re stuck on Mother’s Day Gift ideas visit Beauty and the Bump for some gifting options.


What’s on your Mother’s Day Wish List?

Recap: The Makeup Show New York 2014 #TMSNYC

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The Makeup Show is in it’s 9th year, and I have the scoop on what’s new! Plus, I have a few haul items I picked up while at The Makeup Show New York 2014.

The Saturday before The Makeup Show hosts a blogger preview session where seasoned, celebrity makeup artist, James Vincent dishes on all that’s new at The Makeup Show, his favorite products and brands, as well as the many insightful seminars and workshops.  James stated that the goal of The Makeup Show this year is to show different viewpoints and price points for every skill level, lifestyle and budget.

Here’s a quick rundown of what brands have to offer this year at The Makeup Show New York 2014:

Black Up Cosmetics

This brand has only been available in Paris and African, but now, via their website, US residents can purchase their products.  I’ve wanted to try this brand forever! I’m happy they were at The Makeup Show New York this year.  Their brand was specifically made for women of color, and their makeup is full of vibrant colors that show up true to color on darker skin tones.  Black Up Cosmetics gave each attendee their soon-to-be released matt lipstick, in a beautiful orange shade – $22.50.



Pro transfer tattoos with some of James Vincent’s actual tattoos. During the preview James joked (I think) that we can use his tattoos and be part of his “gang” and then, just maybe we can “…go beat up rival hairstylists.”

Crown Brush

They’re launching in New York City! Vei Neill, who is known for her work as a makeup artist on films the Hunger Games will launch her set of brushes.  I didn’t visit the Crown Brush booth this year because I didn’t feel like “fighting” through the crowd.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

James describes the creator, David Klasfield and the rest of the OCC makeup crew, as “…the kids that sat by themselves in the cafeteria.”  He’s a riot, isn’t he?  Anyway, OCC launched their new line of stained gloss this weekend at The Makeup Show New York 2014, which consists of about 5-6 shades.  They also released a lip balm duo, that features their classic shades, ‘Tarred’ and ‘feathered’.

Eve Pearl

Emmy winning makeup artist, Eve Pearl has created an invisible finish powderless powder.  It serves as a primer and/or finishing powder that can be used both before and after makeup has been applied.  To me, it feels like a balm, but on the skin it feels like a powder. It’s interesting. I can’t wait to test it out.

Cativa Cosmetics

James Vincent described Cativa Cosmetics’ waterproof pencil as a seriously waterproof pencil that we can’t live without. He said “Nothing prepares you for a hurricane like a waterproof pencil.”  I agree, after swatting Cativa’s pencil, it’s one of the deepest black pencils I’ve used, and it glides on so easily.

Senna Cosmetics

Eugenia Weston outdid herself with the micro tip liquid eyeliner in black.  I love me some liquid eyeliners, especially black.  This one packs pigment, goes on easily, and creates fine lines.


Graftobian (I love their foundation) has launched a banana cream powder, which is supposed to be better than the other banana powder.  It’s a talk based powder great for setting makeup, contour and highlight, and color correcting. I haven’t tested it yet; however, James Vincent thinks banana powder is dates, and is more for reality T.V. Take that how you want to.

Vincent Longo

New to the Makeup Show.  They gave us a beautiful eyeshadow along with a shadow brush.  I can’t wait to play around with it.

Ardency Inn

I love their Punker eyeliner (review here)! James talked about their Punker original smoky shadow, which provides a soft charcoal shade inside the rim or around the eye.  It sets itself and is waterproof.  He stated it’s a great base color that will bring out the pigment in any eyeshadow placed over it. Unfortunately, we were unable to get this since it was stuck in customs.


This is a product that I can’t wait to test out. I saw it in action this weekend at The Makeup Show New York 2014.  Imagine a world where you don’t have to wait on glue to dry in order to apply your lashes.  This is it! It’s an adhesive strip used to apply your lashes with no mess and no dry time.

The Kevyn Aucoin [shrine] Gallery

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On Saturday I watched Merrell Hollis work his magic.  He stated he likes to “…kill skin then bring it back alive.”  Merrell’s used a Sigma F64 Soft Blend Concealer Brush for [precision] contouring and highlighting.  He likes to use creme with a powder mixed together, and then buffed into skin to create a natural glow. During his demo he used MAC ‘Refined bronze‘ and ‘Improper Copper‘ and applied it to the high points of the face to create a natural glow.



Mini Haul

I didn’t buy much at The Makeup Show.  It’s my 4th year attending, and I’ve learned that I do not need to buy every single new and improved item I see, plus, I am on a strict budget.  I did purchase my favorite makeup setting spray from Model in a Bottle, their brow sealer, as well as the Nurturing Force Blot Out Offensive (review),  NARS Pure Radiant Moisturizer ($32) in shade Martinique, as well as some mink lashes from Velour Lashes ($20/pair).


The Makeup Show 2014 Haul

Did you attend The Makeup Show New York 2014?

What did you think?

What did you get?



Disclosure: All opinions are my own.  I was not compensated for this post.  All photos are the property of Makeup by Kim Porter unless otherwise noted.

The Makeup Show New York 2014 Has New Vendors, Speakers, Education and more #tmsnyc

The Makeup Show New York 2014


The Makeup Show New York 2014 is just a little over two weeks away.  This is one of the only trade shows that’s geared towards makeup artists that I attend annually.  The discounted cosmetics are appealing, but, I love the education provided at The Makeup Show New York.  The free keynotes and seminars, and the paid hands-on workshops are all helpful for those seeking to build on their makeup artistry and become a better makeup artist.  There’s always something new to discover and learn at The Makeup Show New York. The Makeup Show New York  is a pro-driven industry event open to those individuals and companies involved in beauty and fashion. Makeup artists, retail artists, aestheticians, cosmetologists, hairstylists, fashion stylists, buyers, agents and photographers. Students enrolled in courses related to makeup, hair or aesthetics are invited to attend as well. Proof of professions, such as a business card, industry license, COMP card, etc or student status is required at the door prior to gain entry.

What’s New?

New vendors:  Sephora,Adamis, Cao Cosmetics, Ve Neill Brushes, Vincent Longo Cosmetics, Black-Up,Gorgeous Cosmetics, Serenity and Scott and more.
New Products:  Kett Crème Correctors, CLEANSE by Lauren Napier, Sephora Collection Lip Kit, Cattiva, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ summer collection, OFRA Cosmetic Foundation Stick, Temptu’s 2.0 starter kit and more.

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The Makeup Show Gala, Colour Couture; Beauty and Beyond on Friday, May 2nd from 6pm to 9pm at Metropolitan Pavilion.   To purchase tickets or for additional information contact

“THE MAKEUP SHOW ICON GALLERY” The Makeup Show New York Icon Gallery will provide a glimpse inside his professional and personal life that exhibit his achievements in the beauty industry, share special moments from his life, and bring us behind-the-scenes to view some of his most important and inspiring work.

Seminars on the Mainstage

“Understanding Beauty” with Alice Lane – What is beauty? Why is it beautiful?  These are just a couple of the questions and queries we will explore as Alice also allows us a look inside her career which includes clients like Vogue, W, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and V.   Watch Alice demonstrate the fundamentals of color, contour, and placement and guide us through the idea of adding art back into our makeup all the while inspiring you to develop your own eye, understanding and signature style.

“A Career in Makeup” with Troy Surratt – Troy Surratt has gone from behind the counter at Alcone, to assisting Kevyn Aucoin, launching the makeup line Tarte and onto consulting positions for and beauty giant Maybelline.   In his first time keynote at The Makeup Show, Troy will talk to us about his own career highlights and his favorite experiences in this industry he loves. He will also share his tips for a successful career and offer us an in-depth look at his eponymous Surratt line that combines his intimate knowledge of beauty and the business with his understanding of what every pro needs in their kit to create amazing makeup applications.

“The New Movement in Makeup” with Ashunta Sheriff – In her first time at The Makeup Show, Ashunta will share with attendees her thoughts on how to build a beauty brand and name while maintaining your own ideals and integrity.   She will shed some light on how to make your own artistry celebrity worthy and share her technique for developing her signature contour and glow gorgeous makeup look.

“Something Wicked:  Creating a Character and a Career on Broadway” with Joe Dulude – Bringing characters to life for the Broadway stage is a much coveted and very exclusive area of makeup artistry.  Joe Dulude joins us among the artists who have created makeup and characters that have captured our imagination on this 10th anniversary year for the Broadway production of Wicked.  He will bring The Wicked Witch of the West, the one and only Elphaba to life on the stage. Making Up With

Merrell Hollis – As an award-winning make-upartist and grooming expert, Merrell has worked with some of the biggest names in music, film and fashion. Merrell will share how he got started in the industry and show you the why’s and how’s of creating a flawless foundation, the essentials to stunning celebrity makeup and demonstrate theartistry that has transformed the faces of icons and legends including WendyWilliams, Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Faith Evans, Naomi Campbell, Diane Von Furstenberg and Kim Cattrall to name a few. Watch as he shows the detailed techniques for which he has become known for and listen as he shares insight on what you can do to build your own career in the celebrity makeup field.

Click here to find a full list of the workshops and education available during The Makeup Show New York.

2014 The Makeup Show New York Ticket Rates

Advance Ticket Prices:

  • One Day- $55.00
  • Two Days- $75.00

Tickets may be purchased online here

Student Ticket Rates – 10% off advance ticket rates or at the door.  Student proof must be shown when picking up your ticket. Local 798 Union Members– Receive complimentary entrance Monday, May 5th 2014.  Please RSVP to before Thursday, May 1st.  All union members will need to present a valid 2014 union card. Group Tickets – Group Rate available for groups of 15 or more. For more information email Door Ticket Prices: (tax not included and will be added on at the door)

  • One Day- $65.00
  • Two Days – $85.00

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