Makeup By Kim Porter


Get Glowing, Wedding-Ready Skin Using derma e


Whether you are attending a wedding, a member of the bridal party, or you are the bride herself, making sure your skin is glowing and picture perfect for the wedding day is important. This is why you are going to want to lock down a skin care routine using products that are natural and work well at ensuring you have glowing, wedding ready skin for the big day. That is where derma e comes in. Whether you have oily, hyperpigmentation, or dehydrated skin, derma e® will target your most significant skin concerns.

derma e skincare for wedding-ready skin

You always want to start off with a good cleanser. As an oily girl, who lives in New York City, I need a cleanser that will get rid of the sweat, oil and grime from the day, but without being too harsh on the skin. The derma e Purifying Gel Cleanser is perfect for that. This fragrance-free and sulfate-free cleanser uses activated charcoal to remove impurities from the skin. It also contains a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed – Kimarine® Wakame – that is clinically proven to protect skin against environmental pollutants that city dwellers like myself usually encounter, such as exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, and heavy metals.

Wedding-Ready Skin using derma e

Between two to three times per week, I like to give my skin a good scrub. Sloughing off the dead skin cells that can make my skin look dull. The derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub is perfect for that. What I do is mix it with a little of the Purifying Gel Cleanser, and then get my scrub on. My skin is left completely smooth, clean and glowing. The great thing about this microdermabrasion scrub is that it can be used anywhere on the body where you would like softer skin, which for me are my elbows.

At this point we have smooth, and clean skin covered, right? Now, we can move on over to getting our skin brighter. I know you want that glow. And this is where the derma e Overnight Peel with alpha hydroxy acids come into play.

I’ve used my fair share of overnight peels, and this one is amazing. This overnight peel has a blend of glycolic sugar cane and fruit acids, along with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) for safe, and effective removal of dead surface skin cells to reveal brighter skin the following morning. At night after cleansing and toning, I apply the overnight peel in place of my moisturizer after applying the Purifying Youth Serum, and then wake up to beautiful glowing skin.

The next day, my skin is ready for me to apply my makeup, for the wedding day. Since my skin is already in top shape, thanks to these derma e products, I don’t need to get all heavy-handed with the foundation and concealer. Just check out this pic from a July wedding I attended.

After the wedding, and the fun is over, it is time to remove the makeup. I use the fragrance-free, oil-free derma e Makeup Remover to do the job. It not only does a good job at removing makeup, it contains ingredients like Chamomile and Cucumber extracts to help soothe, tighten and refresh the skin, along with eyebright extract, which shields skin from irritation. And then there is Bilberry extract that promotes healthy looking skin. Another great thing about this product is that it is ideal for contact lens wearers like me.

Lastly, remember to always keep hydrated. Drink half of your body weight of water in ounces, and if you like coconut water, try that too. It tastes good, is hydrating, full of electrolytes and potassium.

The next time you are searching for ways to achieve glowing, wedding ready skin, just check out derma e products. I’m sure you will find something that suits your skincare needs. Plus, derma e products are free of the following:

  • Parabens
  • Gluten
  • GMO
  • Cruelty
  • Mineral Oil and Lanolin

Note: When introducing new products into your skincare routine, always test it on a small part of your body first to ensure you will not suffer a reaction. Trust me, you do not want to try a product a few days or even a day before the wedding to only have a bad reaction.

How do you ensure your skin is wedding-ready?

I got rid of my lady ‘stache using the Nair™ Moroccan Argan Oil Precision Kit

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?

Shiseido IBUKI Multi Solution Gel {Giveaway}



My skin has been so on-point lately, and I have to thank the Shiseido IBUKI Multi Solution Gel. You probably remember me mentioning it from a recent post: Travel-Friendly Skincare for Warm and Humid Climates. If not, I’m going to get into a bit more detail here, and one lucky reader will be able to win one! So keep reading.

The Shiseido IBUKI Multi Solution Gel is an unscented, dense, bouncy gel-formula that helps diminish breakouts, roughness, dryness and the look of visible pores.

  • Exclusive PhytoTarget Complex enhances skin’s natural moisture factors*, to help build skin’s resistance to external stressors.
  • Salicylic Acid helps reduce acne and allows skin to heal.
  • Leaves skin looking supple and feeling smooth.

Travel-Friendly Skincare for Warm and Humid Climates

The cold weather here in NYC can lead to dryer skin. Just by adding a bit of the Shiseido IBUKI Multi Solution Gel to my routine has helped increase the moisture and suppleness of my skin. My skin, I’ve noticed, is baby soft. At times I catch myself, just touching my face – I know that’s bad, but I can’t help it – because my skin is just that soft and smooth! Although I don’t suffer from acne much, I do have an occasional hormonal breakout during ‘that time of the month’, I’ve found that adding the IBUKI Multi Solution Gel to my morning and evening routines have helped lessen the breakouts.

Shiseido IBUKI Multi Solution Gel

In my previous post, I mentioned not using the Shiseido IBUKI Multi Solution Gel under my makeup. Since then, I’ve been able to experiment with it a bit more. I use it under my tinted moisturizer or foundation during the day, and in the evenings I apply the IBUKI Multi Solution Gel. The gel doesn’t pill or doesn’t interfere with makeup application; however, I didn’t notice any difference in the amount of oil reduced due to me applying the IBUKI Multi Solution Gel prior to applying my tinted moisturizer/foundation.

Shiseido IBUKI Mutli Solution Gel Facts

My experience with the Shiseido IBUKI Multi Solution Gel was positive. If you have acne prone skin that’s dry, and needs help in achieving smoothness, then this may be the product for you. I know that I can’t wait to get my hands on other products from the Shiseido IBUKI line.

You can pick up a 30ml package of the Shiseido IBUKI Multi Solution Gel for $38.

Shiseido IBUKI Multi Solution Gel Giveaway

IBUKI Multi Solution Gel Giveaway

Ingredients: Salicylic Acid 0.5%: Acne treatment.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Sd Alcohol 40-B, Dimethicone, Peg/Ppg-14/7 Dimethyl Ether, Peg-240/Hdi Copolymer Bis-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Glycyl Glycine, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Silica, Trehalose, Sodium Chloride, Gellan Gum, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Serine, Polyquaternium-51, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium Edta, Sodium Citrate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Alcohol, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Bht, Peg-30 Soy Sterol, Trisodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Yellow 5, Blue 1.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water Review



I’m sure you’ve heard about micellar water, and if not, I’m here to share with you my experience with the OG of micellar waters, Bioderma Sensibio.

First things first, you’re probably wondering what is micellar water, right? Micellar water gets its name from the science behind the product. It’s made of “micelles,” which are tiny oil molecules suspended in water. Those small molecules grab on to all of the unwanted particles clinging to your face and dissolve them.

The Bioderma Sensibio H2O is the first and only dermatological micellar water perfectly compatible with the skin: its fatty acid esters, the constituent elements of micelles, are similar to the phospholipids of the skin cell membranes and naturally help rebuild the skin’s hydrolipidic film.

How does the Bioderma Sensiobio H2O perform?

At the end of a long day, I use the Bioderma Sensiobio H20 micellar water to remove any makeup (tinted moisturizer, foundation, eyeshadow, etc) I’ve worn during the day. A few drops applied to a cotton pad, removes nearly all traces of makeup, even my waterproof mascaras. However, I’ve found that a second cotton pad moistened with the Bioderma Sensibio gets the off the remaining makeup residue. The nights I’m too lazy to follow-up with a regular cleansing, I find that my skin is fine with just using the Bioderma, but I do not recommend doing that nightly.


I like that although the Bioderma Sensibio micellar water is made for sensitive skin, it’s effective in removing my makeup. Plus, we all know how I am a huge fan of fragrance-free skincare products, which is the Bioderma Sensibio H2O. The micellar water, unlike other makeup removers I’ve used did not leave my skin feeling a bit sticky or tight. Alternatively, my skin was left feeling soft and clean.

Make sure that when you’re removing makeup from around your eye area the cotton pad isn’t heavily saturated with the solution, otherwise it will get into your eyes, and they will be on fire. I’m speaking from experience.

Overall, I’m happy with using the Bioderma Sensibio H2O micellar water. It functions well as a makeup remover., and I’m definitely repurchasing once this bottle begins to run low. If you have sensitive skin, and you’re in the market for a gentle, yet effective makeup remove that’s also color and fragrance-free, I suggest looking into picking up a bottle of Bioderma Sensibio H2O micellar water.

Fun Fact: One bottle of Sensibio H2O sold around the world every 5 seconds!

The Bioderma Sensibio is available in 100 ml, 250 ml and 500 ml bottles, as well as a 500 ml reversed pump dispenser. These products can be found at The Makeup Show.

Have you tried Bioderma Sensiobio H2O?