Makeup By Kim Porter


Review: Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF50 is my summer skincare staple

Disclosure: Press Sample provided for review consideration. All opinions are my own and are honest. Affiliate Links.

Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF50

Dermalogica, as you know is one of my favorite skincare brands.  When the opportunity for me to review their Solar Defense Booster SPF50, I happily obliged, especially since the weather started to warm up, which meant I’d be subjected to more sun exposure.

The Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF50 allows you to easily add both UVA and UVB defense to your skincare and beauty routines. This broad spectrum sunscreen is suitable for all skin conditions.

My Thoughts       

The Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF50 has quickly become a staple in my daily skincare and beauty regimens.  It’s easy to use and apply. Unlike most SPF products I’ve used, it doesn’t leave an ashy-looking, white cast on my skin.  It’s lightweight, and absorbs quickly.  After applying the Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF50 my skin is well hydrated, non-sticky, nor greasy. The product comes in simple packaging that is small and light enough to carry around in my purse, and is perfect for traveling.   Needless to say, I will be taking this along with me on my upcoming beach vacation at the end of August.

I did notice, however, that if I used too much of the Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF50 my skin would look extremely oily.  Just be mindful of that when you apply it.  Otherwise, using the right amount (you don’t need a lot to cover your face), it works and looks fine.


Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF50 Swatch

Pros of the Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF50

– Can be mixed with other moisturizers, foundation or alone.

– Non-chalky formula

– Non-greasy or sticky

– Antioxidants help improve skin smoothness and softness while providing added defense against skin-aging free radicals.

-Moisturizes and hydrates

– Improves look and feel of skin

– Lacks typical sunscreen scent

– A little goes a long way

-Great for traveling

Cons of the Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF50

– Can be oily

– Cost $48/ 1.7 oz

Make your own tinted moisturizer with the Dermologica Solar Defense Booster SPF50

Mix equal parts of Solar Defense Booster SPF50 into your foundation for a Broad Spectrum boost.

I’d definitely recommend the Dermologica Solar Defense Booster SPF50, especially if you’re looking for a lightweight, non-greasy, multi-functional sunscreen for when you’re on the go.


Disclosure: Press Sample provided for review consideration. All opinions are my own and are honest. 

Review: Lindi Skin Care Products

I’m back with another review from a brand introduced at the Beauty Press Spotlight Day! Lindi Skin was founded by Lindy Snider with her experience of watching her friends go through cancer treatment. Certain symptoms were expected from chemotherapy and radiation like fatigue, nausea, and , but no one expected the toll that the treatments would have on their skin.

“In formulating Lindi Skin products, we aligned with dermatologists, oncologists, nurses, patients and skincare formulators to create products that can treat even the most sensitive of skin. Our formulas are unique, gentle, and soothing. We use the finest ingredients for the ultimate hydration.”


About Lindi Skin

“Lindi Skin is dedicated to developing skin care products that ease the burden of common side effects experienced by individuals undergoing treatment for cancer and related disorders. Our products are intended to help individuals feel better, both physically and emotionally, and gain a greater degree of control over the side effects they experience. Lindi Skin combines state-of-the-art technology and the latest medical information with innovative ingredients to formulate superior products for a very special group of people.”

I was gifted the Lindi Face Wash and Lindi Lavender Face Serum


Product Descripton- Lindi Face Wash: The Lindi Face Wash is a gentle alternative to soap that washes without stripping and works to achieve optimal pH balance. Ordinary cleansers can cause dryness, flaking and discomfort. This gentle alternative to soap washes without stripping and works to achieve optimal pH balance. After rinsing, you can actually feel the veil of moisture laying the foundation for smooth, healthy skin. Use as often as needed for the face, neck and scalp. For healthy skin that looks and feels completely rejuvenated, follow with Lindi Face Serum or Lindi Face Moisturizer.
4 fl oz / 120 ml


Product Description Lindi Lavender Face Serum: Formulated with the highest concentration of our proprietary LSA Complex ®, replete with botanicals, antioxidants and vitamin. Formulated with the highest concentration of our proprietary LSA Complex ®, replete with botanicals, antioxidants and vitamins, this serum provides beneficial moisture and ultimate comfort to compromised skin on the face, neck, chest, back and scalp. The unique non-oily formula glides on silky-smooth and begins restoring immediately. The Serum has been clinically proven to reduce the facial rash, redness and itching that are a common side-effect of some types of chemotherapy. It’s gentle soothing nutrients also make it great for anyone who wants healthy skin.
1 fl oz/ 30 ml


All Lindi Products are Clinically Tested
Proudly made in the U.S.A. in an FDA compliant facility
Dermatologist & Allergy tested
Paraben Free
Never Tested on Animals
Backed by our 30-day 100% Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee

My Thoughts

I am very particular when it comes to skin care products because, let’s face it, it is my face that we are talking about. I don’t have sensitive skin, but there are just some products that don’t agree with me. They either cause my skin to be very dry, especially in my t-zone, or my skin just looks extremely dull. After listening to the representative about how the products were created and why, I was excited to give it a try. I must say that I LOVE both the face cleanser and the serum, but I love the serum much more. The face wash did not foam or produce a lather so it took some time getting used to that, but my skin did have a clean feeling, which sometimes is missing when I use new products. My skin was not stripped of its natural moisture because the product was so gentle. I used the face wash with my cleansing brush to get a deep clean. After I cleansed I immediately applied the serum, which has an amazing lavender scent. The serum felt like silk. It was not oily, which is often a problem with many face serums on the market today. The serum added more moisture to my face after it was washed and before I applied my moisturizer.  A few days after using the products I noticed a change. My skin was brighter, I had little to no breakouts, no drying or excessive oil in my t-zone, and my skin was extremely soft and smooth. I’ve always had “good skin” minus a few breakouts here and there, but after using these products I had a glow. I received a lot more compliments on my skin as well.

I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who wants clear, bright, soft skin. Since it was formulated for people who are battling cancer or have been battling cancer I hope the products would not only be sensitive to minimize any irritation, but effective in yielding the results outlined in the product description.

I am very pleased with these products and I am looking forward to trying other products like their moisturizer and eye cream. They also have the face serum in a citrus scent.

Check out the other products that Lindi Skin have to offer here

The cleanser retails for $22 and can be purchased here. The serum retails for $44 and can be purchased here.

Have any of you used Lindi Skin products before?

Disclaimer: The products were provided to me by Lindi Skin via the Beauty Press Spotlight day event. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Top 5 Favorite Charcoal Skincare Products You Should Try Now!

Top 5 Charcoal Skincare Products

Charcoal skincare has been around for years, centuries even.  Japan has used charcoal as a cleansing ingredient in their skincare products for centuries, and other countries like India and Egypt have used charcoal to treat wounds.  It’s also used to treat people who have been poisoned; it’s an all-around miracle worker.

Charcoal skincare products have been part of my daily skincare routine for the last few years.  At first, the thought of cleansing my face with charcoal seemed counterintuitive.  How could something so dirty and grimy clean your skin?  My continued use of charcoal in my skincare routine proves that it does work in getting my skin clean, removing impurities, and brightening my complexion.

From an exfoliating cleanser to a sponge that kicks skin into shape with just water, here are my Top 5 Favorite Charcoal Skincare Products.

LUSH Cosmetics Dark Angels Fresh Face Cleanser –  $12.95 

This multi-functional product that cleanses and exfoliates.  I use this daily in the evenings when I need to remove New York City grime from my face.  What do I get? Skin that’s clear and as smooth as a baby’s bottom.  And you can also use it on your body! Read Review

Freeman Beauty Facial Polishing Mask, Charcoal & Black Sugar – $3.99 or 

A scrubby mask that gently exfoliate and cleanses skin.  It leaves the skin soft, smooth and brighter. It’s also affordable. I had a review written up for this four months back.  It has disappeared; however, you can view photos on my pinterest. 🙂

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask – $17

This was my first charcoal skincare product.  It’s a weekly skincare mask that leaves your skin brighter and clearer; however, remember to moisturize afterward because it does tend to dry out [my] skin.  It’s great for people with oily skin; if you’re more on the dry side you might want to stay away.  Read Review

Belle Butters Neutralizing Butter for Oily Skin – 4 oz/ $15

This is also a multi-functional product that serves as a cleanser, a mask, and makeup remover.  This is perfect for whipping your skin back into shape after suffering a breakout.  Money well spent because a little goes a long way! Read Review

Konjac Sponge Bamboo Charcoal Sponge – $10

This sponge can be used with or without cleanser, and works well both ways.  It gently exfoliates the skin, making it perfect to use twice daily. Read review

If you suffer from oily, acne prone skin, or you would like to improve the overall look of your skin, try adding charcoal to your skincare routine.  Any of these products work well enough to do so, and there are affordable options that will not break your bank!

Do you use charcoal in your skincare routine? Which product(s) do you use?

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Review: Perlier Honey Miel Royal Elixir Face Serum was Heaven Sent #PerlieronHSN

Perlier Honey Miel Royal Elixir
I’ll be hitting 30 in just a few months; therefore, I’ve been taking my skincare extremely seriously, and it shows.  At least the compliments I receive tell me so.  When iFabbo selected me to test out the Italian made Perlier Honey Miel Royal Elixir Face Serum, I obliged.

What is the Perlier Honey Miel Royal Elixir Face Serum?

  • Exclusive and innovative Youth Elixir with fresh Royal Jelly and other key ingredients
  • Helps aged skin appear renewed and more youthful-looking
  • Non-irritating complex of ingredients may be used around the eye area
  • Formula in which all water has been replaced by rose distillate
  • Rose distillate has been shown to have moisturizing and toning properties
  • Formula contains approximately 70% functional key ingredients

Perlier Honey Miel Royal Elixir Comparison

My thoughts on the Perlier Honey Miel Royal Elixir Face Serum

From the packaging I knew my skin was in for a treat, and I was right.  The Perlier Honey Miel Royal Elixir Face Serum worked wonders for my combination skin.  Thanks to the royal jelly from African Bees, which is known to stimulate collagen production, has anti-aging properties, and antioxidants, the Perlier Honey Miel Royal Elixir Face Serum truly gave my skin the royal treatment.  The Perlier Honey Miel Royal Elixir Face Serum instantly leaves skin soft, supple and smooth.  The micro light reflecting particles gives my skin a healthy glow, and since using it I’ve been comfortable enough to go out without applying foundation.

The Perlier Honey Miel Royal Elixir Face Serum has a consistency different from any other serum I’ve used – it’s rich and creamy, but absorbs almost instantaneously.  It’s also very moisturizing.  I like that the formula isn’t greasy, and that along with the silicone’s make it a good product to use under makeup.

I use the Perlier Honey Miel Royal Elixir Face Serum both day and night after cleansing my face, and for added moisture I mix in a drop of hyaluronic acid serum, which turns out to be an amazing combination my skin loves.  I’ve honestly skipped applying moisturizer on top of it because I’ve found that the Perlier Honey Miel Royal Elixir Face Serum provides just enough moisture.  My skin feels baby smooth after using it.  One time, my sister caught me running my fingers across my chin.  She asked me if I had chin hairs. I responded, “No, I’m just feeling how soft my skin is.”  She responded by rolling her eyes. Such a hater!

If you’re looking for a serum that works well in improving the overall appearance of your skin, as well as keep it moisturized, glowing and healthy, then the Perlier Honey Miel Royal Elixir Face Serum is a product you should check out.  Although at $99.00/ 1.6 oz, the Perlier Honey Miel Royal Elixir Face Serum is a bit pricey, but worth it.  Sometimes great skincare and beauty, whether it’s time or money, comes with a price.  It’s definitely been a great addition to my skincare regimen.

The Perlier Honey Miel Royal Elixir Face Serum can be purchased on HSN/


Ingredients: Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aqua (Water), Propylheptyl Caprylate, Olus Oil (Vegetable Oil), Mel (Honey), Bis-PEG/PPG-20/5 PEG/PPG-20/5 Dimethicone, Methoxy PEG/PPG-25/4 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Royal Jelly, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Chondrus Crispus Extract (Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan)), Glucose, Dimethiconol, Acacia Senegal Gum, Sodium Polyacrylate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Mica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyisobutene, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Parfum, Polysorbate 20, Geraniol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Hexyl Cinnamal, Anise Alcohol, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxide).


Disclosure: Product provided for review consideration through my membership with iFabbo. All opinions are my own and are honest.