Makeup By Kim Porter


Review: KeraCare Oil Sheen with Humidity Block

I purchased this product after my hair stylist started using it on my hair.  I just want to say that my local beauty supply store ripped me off completely for it.  Now that I think about it, maybe they didn’t since if you purchase it online, with tax and shipping it comes out to be around the same price. 

Features (source)
KeraCare Oil Sheen with Humidity Block is a light formula that gives hair a natural looking shine.

• Contains a conditioning blend of Olive Oil, Carrot Oil, and herbal extracts.

• Enriched with anti-reversion agents.

• No CFCs or drying alcohols.

• Hair does not look or feel greasy.

• Does not weigh hair down.

• Combats reversion on humid days.

Hold can 10-12 inches away from head and spray evenly on hair. It’s concentrated,
use sparingly for best results.

My thoughts: I really like this product.  My hair has a continuous shine even after wrapping it, and unwrapping it the next day.  It does help stop reversion (you know when your hair gets a little wet (from rain/sweat).  It also helps keep your hair from getting poofy when it’s humid out.  A little goes a long way, so please if you get this & use it don’t go crazy spraying it.

Price: $8.99 (I paid $13 at my local beauty supply)

My uses for MAC Fix+ Spray

This post was sparked by a post on Self-Confessions of a Beauty Addict  where she asked her readers what they used MAC’s Fix + Spray for?  This is my response to her.

Description (source):
(Retail: $18 for 3.4 fl oz)
An aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi. Adds radiance, finishes makeup. Spray it on. Skin drinks it up!

Fix + is supposed (keyword: supposed)to be used to set your makeup after application. 

I use it for the following:
1. To moisten my skin before applying moisturizer

2. To apply eyeshadow/pigments to decrease fall out

3. I spray it on my brush when I use my brow powder to make the lines more defined and straight.

4. Using e/s as an eyeliner.

5. To wet sponge/brush for foundation application.
6.  I spray it on after I apply my makeup for a dewy glow.
If you want a good fixer, for a reasonable price, you can try Ben Nye’s Final Seal.  The 2 oz bottle is available at Alcone Co for $7 ($5 at; the 8 oz is $17; 16 oz $27

Do you use MAC’s Fix+?  If not, what do you use instead?

Review: Dashing Diva True Color Base & Top Coat

When I went to the International Beauty Show on March 7, 2010 (see my review here) I picked up several nail polishes, two of which were Dashing Diva’s True Color Base & Top Coats.   They were being sold at IBS for $2 each (larger bottles ($5 – regretting not getting them).  The original price, I’m not really sure of, but I’ll update the post with the price as soon as I find out.  I do know that these base & top coats are only available through Dashing Diva Professional membership.

The purpose of both True Color products are to ensure your polish, when painted on your nails shows true to color, and not oxidize or fade as some polishes do over-time.   The base coat is white, to ensure the nail polish you’re applying is going on a clean, clear “canvas” – kind of like applying an nude or white eyeshadow base.

Does it work?: Yes.  Both products work really well.  My nail polish went on smoothly, true to color, and dried quickly without using a quick-dry product.  Also, the polish I applied lasted a week or so without chipping.  I didn’t experience any bubbling of my polish either. 

***During IBS I also purchased Essie’s 3-Way Glaze base & top coat. My nail polish lasted for a week, but the color changed so many times within that one week. My Tarte Deco Polish went from Coral, to Orange, to Neon Pink in some areas. 

Would I recommend?: Definitely. If you are able to find it. Pick up a bottle – or two.

Will I re-purchase?:  Most definitely! I just need to find it. I havent’ checked my Dashing Diva location to see if they sold it.  When I did go last week, they didn’t use this base & top coat, so I don’t know.

These are my nails painted with OPI Jade is the New Black on Saturday, March 27, 2010
These are my nails today (I just snapped this at work). Absolutely no chipping, just some new growth. My nails grow fast since I’ve been taking my Nutralite Women’s Pack.
What are your favorite base & top coats?
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My Favorite Scents Series: Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel for Women


This is the last of my favorite scents series.  Over the last two weeks I’ve introduced you to Insolence by Guerlain and Lola by Marc Jacobs, and today I will end the series with my favorite scent out of my three signature scents, which is Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel for women.

This is my all-time favorite scent, next to the Insolence.  It’s feminine and sexy, but it’s still young and exciting.  It lasts all day, and the scent isn’t overwhelming.  I love Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel for women, too because it doesn’t smell the same on every person.  For example, my co-worker and I can wear it the same day, and she will compliment me on the scent, not knowing it’s the same one.

I love wearing this scent especially when I’m going out to a party/date.  It’s a seriously sexy scent, and it just seems perfect for that reason.

I’m sad that my bottle is finally running out.  My boyfriend purchased it for me Christmas of 2008, and it lasted this long! Amazing right?  Who is going to buy me a new bottle? .:lol:.

While I was going through my lucky magazine, I came across Givenchy’s ange ou demon le secret.  It smells wonderful.  I think this will be added to my collection of “signature” scents.