Makeup By Kim Porter


Travel-Friendly Skincare for Warm and Humid Climates


Not too long ago I returned from a seven-day trip to the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi and Dubai), which was a hot and relatively drier climate than where we are now headed – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. A change in climates and humidity means switching up my skincare needs since Puerto Vallarta during this time of year is not only hot, but also humid. Of course, for this trip I packed my favorite travel-friendly skincare that’s most suitable for the weather I’m going to experience.

One of the first rules of traveling is being able to pack efficiently; therefore, if I do not have travel-sized items of my favorite products, I siphon them off into travel-sized containers. I find the to-go condiment containers to be perfect for cleansers, into which I emptied some of my Paula’s Choice RESIST Foaming Cleanser .

Travel-Friendly Paula's Choice RESIST


Cleansing your skin is essential regardless of where you are; however, since heat and humidity can lead to more sweat, oil, and dirt, cleansing twice a day with my travel-friendly FOREO Luna is a necessity. The FOREO Luna (review) is gentle enough to use twice per day, and effective in removing the dirt and oil from my skin, thus preventing breakouts/blemishes while I’m away.

LUNA by FOREO Review in hand


I love, love, love the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater (review). I pack the travel-friendly 4 oz. bottle to refresh and rehydrate my skin post cleansing, and even give my skin a little spray post-moisturizer.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater


For daytime use when I travel, I’ve packed the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (Martinique) with SPF 30 (review), and for evening use I bring along Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre (review). To the two, I add a few drops of the Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster. To keep my lips moisturized, I use my go-to lip balm, Carmex! I never leave home without it. Plus, its size makes it travel-friendly.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Review


I’ve also packed something new to my skincare regimen, the Shiseido IBUKI Multi-Solution Gel that helps diminish breakouts, roughness, dryness and the look of visible pores. The salicylic acid formula helps aid in oil reduction, getting down into the pores drying up the oil caused by the humidity while also treating the actual bacteria that cause pimples. Even though I can use the gel either under or over makeup, I love using the IBUKI Multi-Solution Gel mostly at night over my moisturizer.

Travel-Friendly Skincare for Warm and Humid Climates

Do you have any skin care tips or tricks you rely on for travel?

Check out Beauty and the Bump’s Travel Essentials here.



Michael Todd Soniclear Elite Deluxe on EVINE Live!


Through reading this blog, you’re probably familiar with the Michael Todd brand, especially since I’ve previously reviewed the Michael Todd Soniclear Elite Tangerine Dream. It’s definitely since been a staple in my skincare regimen. As mentioned in my previous review of the sonic brush cleansing system, I’m a huge fan of the antimicrobial brush heads. That one characteristic of the Soniclear Elite Tangerine Dream has help aid in breakout-free, clear, smooth, and more radiant skin. The Soniclear Elite combined with my favorite cleanser does a good job of making sure any makeup residue my makeup remover didn’t catch is gone.

Michael Todd is premiering their Soniclear Elite Deluxe on EVINE Live and featuring a special Michael Todd Today’s Top Value – EVINE Live’s best value of the day!

If you aren’t familiar with the Soniclear Elite, it will refresh and revive the look of tired skin with its sonic-powered, antimicrobial brush heads. The complete body, pedi and face system with an optional C-Boost™ Technology mode, make this “youth machine” the go-to cleansing and exfoliating tool for all skin types. Especially suited for aging skin to slough off dead dulling skin cells while deep cleaning the pores of dirt and makeup for a refreshed appearance and a more radiant complexion.

Great for gifting, Soniclear Elite Deluxe will be offered in eight different colors! The Deluxe set can be yours for less than $129 plus S&H and will include:

  • Soniclear Elite Sonic Powered Skin Cleansing System with C-Boost™ Technology, Charging Stand and Power Adapter
  • Antimicrobial Face Brush Head
  • Antimicrobial Body Brush Head
  • Pedi Treatment Head
  • Shower Extension Arm
  • Hard Shell Travel Case
  • Shower Caddy

This special price is good for a limited time through 9:59pm ET 11/4/15.

Michael Todd is premiering their Soniclear Elite Deluxe on EVINE Live and on 11/3 at 10pm and 11pm ET and 11/4 at 4am, 5am, 6am, 10am, 2pm and 7pm ET.

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Paula’s Choice RESIST Empties



It was in July when I first introduced you to the Paula’s Choice skincare products I’ve added to my routine. Since then, I’ve consistently used those products on a daily basis, especially the cleanser and vitamin c serum. Four months later, I’m sad to report that the Paula’s Choice RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser and Paula’s Choice RESIST C15 Super Booster are now down to their last drop.

Paula's Choice RESIST Cleanser

As mentioned in my initial post, the RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser has worked wonders on my skin. Even after continued use my skin improved even more. The Paula’s Choice RESIST Perfectly Balance Foaming Cleanser helped me achieve clearer and softer skin, so much so that mostly everyone I’ve encountered complimented me on how beautiful is my skin without foundation.

The Paula’s Choice RESIST C15 Super Booster is hands-down my #1 favorite Vitamin C serum-like product to date. The good things about the Paula’s Choice RESIST C15 Super Booster is that it can be used under your skin care or mixed with your favorite moisturizer or serum. I used it in all ways, and experienced good results. The RESIST C15 Super Booster absorbs quickly into the skin, and delivered on fading my brown spots. My complexion after using the C15 Super booster is also much brighter than before I started to use it.

Both the Paula’s Choice RESIST Perfectly Balance Foaming Cleanser and Paula’s Choice RESIST C15 Super Booster are products I would purchase again. In fact, I’ve just placed an order for replacement products. After achieving great results from these products, I can’t wait to try more products from the Paula’s Choice RESIST line.

Have you tried Paula’s Choice products? If so, which are your favorites? If not, you can check out Paula’s Choice products here.

SK-II Skincare Trifecta – A Review



Although this isn’t my first go-round with the amazing brand that is SK-II, this is, however, my first time introducing Makeup by Kim Porter readers to the brand and a few of their products.

SK-II products have a secret ingredient, Pitera™ – a clear liquid rich in vitamins, amino acids, minerals and organic acids. This secret ingredient was discovered after SK-II scientists visit to a sake brewery that revealed the brewers, although their faces showed signs of aging their hands, on the other hand, did not. These scientists, in turn, spent over a decade identifying the ingredient to include in some of SK-II’s most popular skincare products to date.

SK-II Skincare Review

For the last three plus months I’ve using the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (1.0 Fl. oz.) and Essential Power Cream (0.51 Fl. oz.). I’ve even taken them with my to the UAE. Although I’ve previously used the Facial Treatment Mask, I haven’t yet used this application; however, I can attest to its super skin hydrating greatness. Trust me, this cult beauty classic is worth all of the hype – and pennies.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. It is just as luxurious as it sounds, and works wonders for the skin. Just a little bit of this liquid gold gently pressed into the face post cleansing and toning works wonders at softening and smoothening the skin, and enhancing the skin’s radiance. The Essence can be used both during the day and night; however, I prefer to use it in the evenings. After I apply the quick -drying Facial Treatment Essence, I then apply a serum, and then moisturize my skin using the SK-II Essential Power Cream.

SK-II Essential Power Cream

The SK-II Essential Power Cream is a lightweight, fast -absorbing moisturizer with anti-aging properties. I like its smooth texture, and how supple my skin feels post application. Some moisturizers can make my skin feel oily, but the SK-II Essential Power Cream adds the moisture without the greasy feel. It was a joy to use during my most recent [13-hour] flight to combat dehydrated skin. Plus, a little goes a long way; I only use a pea-sized amount (or less) both day and night. After using it for over three months, I’m only halfway through the 0.51 oz jar. The only downside is that the Essential Power Cream doesn’t contain SPF, so I had to apply a sunscreen over it or mix it in.



Overall, I’m happy with the products I’ve tried from SK-II. My skin definitely looks and feels better. Although they come with a hefty price tag, I believe that skincare is one of the things one you shouldn’t skimp. Plus, the Facial Treatment Essence and Essential Power Cream will both last you a while; therefore, you’re definitely getting your monies worth. If you’re in the market for a daily gentle exfoliant, and miracle-working moisturizer, and your pockets can afford it, check them out.

Have you tried SK-II Skincare Products? Are they worth the splurge, or not?