Makeup By Kim Porter


The Fragrance Fairy Gifted Me Shalimar Parfum Initial


Fragrance Friday Fragrance Fairy

One evening while getting ready for bed, I realized there were some new additions to my fragrance collection. Could it be? The Fragrance Fair has visited me! There were two new full-sized bottles of my favorite fragrances: Shalimar Parfum Initial by Guerlain, and Nanette Lepore.

My husband, after reading my review of the Shalimar Parfum Initial sample that I received from Scentbird, and then hearing my disappointment about it finishing went out and purchased for me the Shalimar Parfum Initial fragrance set that came with a 3.4 Fl oz bottle of perfume and body lotion.

Shalimar Parfum Initial

If you remember my review I had my reservations about the Guerlain Fragrance. I thought Shalimar Parfum Initial was outside of my age demographic, and more for a more mature woman, around my mom’s age. To my surprise, after first spray, it quickly became my favorite. I really have to thank Scentbird for introducing me to a new fragrance that I’m more than happy to add to my fragrance collection.

Since receiving the Shalimar Parfum Initial set, I’ve been wearing it almost every other day to work. It’s such a beautiful scent even in the warm weather. The lightness, the soft powdery fresh scent is reminiscent of my other favorite Guerlain fragrances.

Normally, I do not like the body lotions that accompany perfumes in gift sets because they tend to be watery, sticky, non-moisturizing, and at times, have an off putting scent. The Shalimar Parfum Initial body lotion was the complete opposite. The texture was different, and felt like a luxury cream, which I would expect from a brand like Guerlain. It smelled just as good as the perfume, making it great for layering, and helping the fragrance last longer throughout the day.

The bottle of the Shalimar Parfum Initial is gorgeous! I like simple things, and this one is just that. It’s a clear, wide bottle with a blue topper and tassel. I Even in all of its simplicity, it still manages to make a statement amongst the rest of the perfumes on my vanity.

Nanette Lepore for Women

The other perfume my husband picked up for me was Nanette Lepore, which I’ve reviewed here previously. The light pink bottle, with the black and white polka dot bow adds a pop of vintage to my perfume collection. The lovely floral fragrance is one of my favorites to wear during the spring and even the summer, as it isn’t too sweet.

I was honestly surprised that my husband even found the Nanette Lepore fragrance because after speaking with her nephew during an even I’d once attended, I was under the impression they were going to [get rid of it]. Imagine my surprise when I came into my bedroom right before bedtime and found two bottles of Nanette sitting amongst my perfumes on my vanity. The nearly empty bottle from my April 2012 post, and a new bottle my husband surprised me with I’m happy Nanette Lepore did not discontinue this fragrance.

What fragrances are you hoping the Fragrance Fairy leaves for you next?





Vaseline Intensive Care Advance Relief Healing Serum Review



Serums are a part of my daily skincare routine, for my face, that is. However, I’ve never used a serum for the body until I was offered, through Blog Meets Brand, to try out the Vaseline Intensive Care Advance Relief Healing Serum.

Vaseline claims their Intensive Care™ Healing Serums are not just a regular body lotion. These serums combine the power of three unique, highly concentrated ingredients to moisturize and heal dry skin.

1. PPAR Activators help penetrate the skin to replenish lipids and moisturize to boost the skin’s natural renewal cycle.

2. Elastomers provide a premium sensory experience with ingredients that deliver a luxurious silky, smooth feel.

3. Micro-droplets of Vaseline® Jelly form a protective layer to prevent moisture loss

My thoughts

I haven’t tried Vaseline products in a while. I’m talking about years! To my surprise, the Vaseline Intensive Care Advance Relief Healing Serum did some amazing things to help repair my skin from the damage done during the winter.

First, the light scent of amber and jasmine are what caught the attention of my senses when squeezing out the Vaseline Intensive Care Advance Relief Healing Serum from the tube. The scent isn’t too heavy, and lasts for just the right amount of time on the skin. Plus, it doesn’t interfere with whatever I’m wearing for the day. I will also note that the fragrance is very feminine. My husband, who sometimes uses my lotions couldn’t bring himself to use it because he said, “I will smell like a woman.” But, that’s better for me. LOL.

The texture of the Vaseline Intensive Care Advance Relief Healing Serum is that of a lightweight cream, instead of fluid-like, which most of the serums I’ve used are like. Even without it being like a typical serum, the Vaseline Intensive Care Advance Relief Healing Serum is like luxury in a tube. I find that it moisturizes more like a balm without the heaviness and greasiness.


After using the Vaseline Intensive Care Advance Relief Healing Serum, both during the night and day, even after a week of use, my skin showed a noticeable difference. It looked healthy, hydrated, and didn’t itch from being dry.  After continued use, my skin is just amazing! I sometimes catch myself rubbing my legs because they’re so smooth and soft.

The squeeze tube packaging made it easy for me to get the very last drop of the Vaseline Intensive Care Advance Relief Healing Serum out of the tube. Now, I unfortunately have to replace it.

I would recommend the Vaseline Intensive Care Advance Relief Healing Serum to anyone looking to heal dry skin, or maintain healthy, hydrated skin.

The 6.8 fl oz tube of Vaseline Intensive Care Advance Relief Healing Serum retails for $8.99 and can be found at your local drugstore.


Vaseline Intensive Care Advance Relief Healing Serum

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Myristate, Hydroxystearic Acid, Sodium Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Petrolatum, Tapioca Starch, Glyceryl Hydroxystearate, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Powder, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Powder, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Glucoside, Palmitic Acid, Arachidic Acid, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool, Titanium Dioxide



Creating Beautiful Curls with the T3 Twirl 360


PR SAMPLET3 Twirl 360


T3, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada have issued a recall due to the clamp of the T3 Twirl 360 detaching while in use, thus posing a burn hazard.

Please stop using this tool immediately. For information on how to send in your tool for repair, please contact T3 consumer services at 1-866-8880 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or visit T3 online at

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Thanks to my iFabbo membership, I’m allowed to shop, and try the latest innovations in beauty and hair care. This time, I had the opportunity to test out the new T3 Twirl 360.

T3 is known for pioneering T3 Tourmaline Technology, their quality hair tools, and innovative designs, which is why I couldn’t wait to test out the T3 Twirl 360, which is a motion-sensing, auto-rotating 1.25” curling iron that features gyroscopic technology, which is used in aviation, space exploration and hi-tech electronic devices due to its sensitivity and precision. In the T3 Twirl 360, the gyroscopic technology helps the styling tool detect motion, which triggers automatic barrel movement with, “Just a flick’a the wrist.” The gyroscopic technology aims to make your curling/styling experience easy.

T3 Swirl360

I know first-hand that achieving curls or waves aren’t an easy task with a regular curling iron or wand. There’s too much maneuvering going on, which can increase styling time. Out of frustration, I opted to use flexi rods in my hair to achieve curls, but those take a few hours to work, and sometimes over night.   Who has time for that, especially if I want curls or waves right at that moment in time? Not me! That’s where the T3 Twirl 360 comes into play.


Using the @t3micro #Twirl360 to create these beautiful #curls. Super easy and quick! #ifabbomember #hair #bblogger

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I’m not going to lie and say that the using the T3 Twirl 360 was easy because it wasn’t. It took some time for me to get used to how it works. Seriously, T3 made it so easy to use the Twirl 360 that I was doing too much maneuvering, but once I got the hang of it, I was able to achieve beautiful curls.


T3 Twirl360 Power settings

I like that the T3 Twirl 360 has a simple design without too many buttons. It’s easy to change the temperature, using the on/off button just by double-clicking it, and then continue clicking until you reach your desired temperature, which can go up to 410 degrees.

The color of the T3 Twirl 360 is nice, too! The body is white, with a beautiful rose gold rotator and clamp.

Overall, I’m happy with the T3 Twirl 360. I am able to achieve beautiful curls or waves in just a fraction of the time compared to when I would use a regular styling iron or wand. If you’re looking for a quality styling iron that doesn’t require too much work, check out the T3 Twirl 360. Should you happen to purchase it, remember to check out the instructional video prior to using it so that you don’t end up like me.

The T3 Twirl 360 is available at SEPHORA, and retails for $230.

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The product sample was sent to me on behalf of iFabbo.


My Paula’s Choice Skincare Regimen

My Paula's Choice Skincare Regimen


I have a skincare goal, and it’s to wear little to no foundation, especially on hot and humid summer days. My skin has seen better days – I’ve suffered breakouts, which, of course has led to not so pretty blemishes. This only means it was time to switch up my skincare regimen and incorporate new products. Fortunately, I was able to try a few products from Paula’s Choice that have successfully helped my skin become better each day.

After a short telephone consultation with a Paula’s Choice skincare representative where I addressed my skincare concerns, I was sent over a set of Paula’s Choice skincare products that included a cleanser, oil-absorbing mask, exfoliator, and vitamin C serum.

Paula's Choice RESIST Cleanser

Clean skin is the pathway to better looking skin, so I always start my skincare regimen off with a good cleanser. The Paula’s Choice RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser, which is formulated for normal, oily, or combination skin is beyond amazing! I swore I had a HG cleanser until my skin met this Paula’s Choice RESIST cleanser. I love that it leaves my skin clean without feeling stripped, and my skin is amazingly soft afterwards. The fact that it doesn’t have fragrance is a plus.

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask

For me, during the warmer months, my skin can become an oily mess. At least twice per week, I’ve incorporated the Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask into my regimen, which is also formulated for normal, oily, or combination skin. I thought my skin was soft and smooth post cleansing, but using this mask afterwards made it even softer, if that’s even possible. The only thing I noticed that I didn’t like with this mask was the intense tingling I felt during the first few uses, which made me rinse it off earlier than the recommended 10-15 minutes; however, I was still happy with the results from using it.

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid

After the mask, I would exfoliate using the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid. It’s a clear liquid formula that’s easily applied to my skin with a cotton round, and left on to dry.  I’ve found that I like to use it at night because I’ve noticed that during the daytime, my skin would look a bit oily.  However, when using it at night, I wake up with beautiful, smooth and glowing skin.

Paula's Choice RESIST C15 Super Booster

After cleansing, applying my mask, and then exfoliating, I would follow-up with my favorite toner, and then use a serum. My new regimen consists of adding two drops of Paula’s Choice RESIST C15 Super Booster, which is a combination of 15% Vitamin C with Vitamin E & Ferulic Acid. This serum helps reduce brown spots and brightens skin. My dark spots have lightened, and I’m sure that with continued use they will seem less visible. It’s seriously the icing on the cake, and an important step in my skincare regimen. After applying that, if it’s daytime I’d apply my favorite SPF moisturizer, or at night apply an overnight mask.

I’m so happy with my skin at this point. I’m confident that with continued use of Paula’s Choice skincare products, my skin can only improve even more. I can’t wait to try out more products from the line.

Paula’s Choice skincare products cater to any skincare concern and/or need. If you suffer from hyperpigmentation, have sensitive, dry, oily, and/or mature skin, there’s bound to be a Paula’s Choice product for you. That said, I would definitely recommend scheduling a free skincare consultation with a Paula’s Choice aesthetician by calling 1-800-431-4088 to help you find the right products for your skin.

Paulas Choice White iPhone Perk

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