Makeup By Kim Porter


How to Clean your Makeup Brushes using Clean Brush Shampoo

How to clean your makeup brushes



Putting on makeup is fun.  Playing in different colors, textures, and using different mediums.  And then there’s the clean up.  I can’t be the only person who dreads cleaning my makeup brushes. but I know that clean makeup brushes and tools are essential to any makeup artist or enthusiast for many reasons, which is why I’ve created this pictorial teaching you How to Clean your Makeup Brushes using Clean Brush Shampoo (review) and alcohol.

Why you should learn how to clean your makeup brushes

Not cleaning your makeup brushes are doing your skin, makeup and brushes a huge disservice.  In order for your makeup brushes and tools to perform effectively, and apply your makeup flawlessly, they must be clean.  Dirty brushes can lead to muddy looking, or streaky makeup.  Dirty brushes can also lead to breakouts since they tend to harbor bacteria and dead skin cells.  Additionally, if you’re a makeup artist, not keeping your brushes clean, and doing so in between clients can contaminate all of your makeup. Brushes, like anything else are also an investment, especially if you’re a makeup artist, so think of keeping them clean as protecting your investment. Dirty brushes do tend to lead to a shorter life expectancy for you brushes.

How to clean your makeup brushes

Things you need to clean your makeup brushes

First, you need a few items in order to clean your makeup brushes so make sure you have the following setup before hand.

Brush shampoo

70% Alcohol


Paper Towel

How to clean your makeup brushes pictorial

Now, let’s get to how to clean your makeup brushes

1. Wet the brush with lukewarm water with the brush head facing down.

Remember:  Do not wet past the ferrule since continued saturation of the ferrule, overtime can cause the glue to weaken, thus leading to the brush head  detaching from the handle.

2. Since I used Clean Brush solid brush shampoo,  I also wet that, too.

3. Swirl the dirty brush around in the jar, and then on your hand for extra dirty brushes.

4.  Rinse brush under lukewarm water until the water runs clear.

5.  Gently squeeze out excess water.

6.  Lie flat on towel to dry.

Usually, after my brushes are dry, I wet a paper towel with 70% alcohol, and then wipe down the brush handles.  I think this is a crucial step for makeup artists.

How to clean your makeup brushes


I hope this pictorial has been helpful in helping you to learn how to clean your makeup brushes.

How often are you deep cleaning your brushes? 

DIY Body Scrubs: Easy to Make & Perfect for Gifting


DIY Body Scrubs
Homemade is the best made, especially when it comes to food, drinks and sometimes skin and beauty treatments.  At least when making these things yourself you know exactly what’s going into the item your making, and it’s also cost effective. This year, to give away as Christmas gifts, I decided to make some DIY Body Scrubs.

DIY Body Scrubs make great gifts because they’re customizable, and made with love. Plus, they’re easy to make.  Besides, during the winter when people suffer from dry skin the most, a little exfoliating can bring dull skin back to it’s brighter days.  The oils used leave your skin moisturized and smelling great if using an essential oil like lavender with it.

Prior to making my DIY Body Scrubs,  I asked everyone on my list to let me know out of these scents: Vanilla Brown Sugar, Lavender, Lavender Vanilla, and Lemongrass that they would prefer.  Lavender and Lemongrass were the most popular scents chosen. Personally, I love the smell of lemongrass. It brings back memories of when I was taking private lessons at my violin teachers home;  she’d have lemongrass oil or incense burning.  It smells so good!



Gifts made with love … Chocolate chip cookie mix and lemongrass sugar scrub made by my sister Kim @makeupbykimporter @beautyandthebump. Black cake with the right amount of rum Haa… Made by my sister Shani @71atechef #handmadegiftsarethebestgifts #madewithlove #holidaygifts #DIYgifts

A photo posted by Kinda (@bksfinest73) on

Supplies for making & packaging DIY Body Scrubs

I ordered a 12-pack of 1/2 pint mason jars from Amazon (shouts out to Amazon Prime!) to package the scrubs. From Amazon, I also ordered my Lemongrass, Lavender, and Bergamot Essential Oils, Sweet Almond Oil, and Coconut Oil.  Here’s the kicker, before we moved, I had a few of the essential oils I needed to make the DIY Body Scrubs, and I think I threw them away. I had to repurchase them.  .:Womp Womp:.

I created 3″ circular labels on vistaprint, for under $2. And since it’s the holiday season, which is known for lots of baking, a lot of baking items like the sugars I’d need were on sale. For the freaking win!

Below is the base recipe for the DIY Body Scrubs I made

1 cup granulated sugar (or dark brown)

1/4 cup sweet almond oil (or coconut oil)

1 tbsp honey

10-15 drops essential oil

1 tsp Vitamin E oil

Combine all of the ingredients into a bowl, and mix well. Make sure you massage all of the ingredients evenly into the sugar. Massage is like you’re getting the knots out of your significant other’s back.  Give it some love. When you’re gifting it, you want the person using it to feel the love that went into making this lovely scrub.

Note: The consistency of the DIY Body Scrub should be that of wet sand. If it’s too dry, add more oil.  Too wet, add more sugar.

 DIY  Body Scrub Recipes

Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub

1/2 cup Granulated Sugar

1/2 cup Dark Brown sugar

1/4 cup Sweet Almond Oil

1/4 cup Virgin Coconut Oil

2 tbsp Honey

1 tbsp Natural vanilla essence

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Vitamin E Oil


Lavender Sugar Body Scrub

1 cup Granulated Sugar

1/2 cup Sweet Almond Oil

1 tbsp Honey

10-15 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

1 tsp Dry Lavender pods (they smell so good!)

1 tsp Vitamin E Oil


DIY Body Scrub Lavender
Lavender Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub

1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar

1/2 cup Granulated Sugar

1/2 cup Sweet Almond Oil

1 tbsp Honey

10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

1 tsp Vanilla

1 tsp Dry Lavender pods

1 tsp Vitamin E Oil

Lemongrass Sugar Scrub

1 cup Granulated Sugar

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup Sweet Almond Oil

10-15 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil

5-10 drops Bergamot Essential Oil

1 tsp Vitamin E Oil



Review: COVERGIRL Bombshell ShineShadow {Swatches}

Disclosure: Product was provided for review consideration.


CoverGirl Bombshell Shineshadow



The COVERGIRL Bombshell ShineShadow is a pigmented, shimmery, creamy, and light weight eyeshadow promising up to 12-hours of wear.  The new COVERGIRL Bombshell ShineShadow is available in six shades: Gold Goddess, Color Me Money, Ice Queen, Ooh La Lilac, Platinum Club, and  Copper Fling.

Description of the COVERGIRL Bombshell ShineShadow (Covergirl):

Transform your eyes into bombshell sexy. Each shiny or shimmery Bombshell ShineShadow by LashBlast contains reflective pigments so your eyes dazzle when light hits your face.

6 long-lasting cream shadows for shimmer or shine

Blendable formula contains reflective pigments

Easy, breezy application

Covergirl Bombshell Shineshadow swatches no flash

My thoughts:

I was provided a gift card to purchase items from the new COVERGIRL Bombshell collection from; therefore, I chose the COVERGIRL Bombshell ShineShadow shades I felt would be more flattering against my skin tone.  Of the six shades available, I chose Color Me Money (olive with shimmer), Gold Goddess (light gold shimmer), and Ooh La Lilac (lilac with silver shimmer).  Of the three shades I chose, Color Me Money and Gold Goddess are my favorites.

The consistency of the of the COVERGIRL Bombshell Shineshadow is creamy, and feels light weight – similar to a mousse.  I like that the shadow, in my opinion, although highly pigmented can be  applied lightly for a flush of color and shimmer on the lids, or built up for a more bold look.  Even though I am not a fan of shimmery shadows, I do like the COVERGIRL Bombshell ShineShadow’s since the shimmer is not overpowering.

COVERGIRL Bombshell ShineShadow claims to provide up to 12-hours of wear.  Unfortunately for me, due to my oily lids, I was not able to experience that, especially without using a primer.  Don’t get me wrong, the color pay-off is good.


Covergirl Bombshell Shineshadow Swatches Flash


Would I recommend?

The COVERGIRL Bombshell ShineShadow is a great line of affordable ($6.99/ .18 oz), creamy eyeshadows that blend and apply with ease, and are great for ladies who are blessed with non-oily lids.  Gold Goddess is one of the most versatile shades from the COVERGIRL Bombshell collection, especially since I was able to use it as a highlighter.  The versatility of the product doesn’t stop there, you can also use the COVERGIRL Bombshell ShineShadow with your favorite powder eyeshadows.  You’re definitely getting your monies worth.

Watch a tutorial of a look I created using Color Me Money and Gold Goddess


Have you tried the COVERGIRL Bombshell ShineShadow?

Tutorial: Quick Purple Smoky Eye using MAC Push the Edge Pigment

Purple Smoky Eye shadow Tutorial


Purple is one of my favorite colors. I especially love to use makeup that are shades of purple. I wear a shade of purple on my lips at least three times a week. Since I love purple so much I created this really easy purple smoky eye using MAC Push the Edge Pigment and Silver Ring eyeshadow.

Tools needed to create a purple smoky eye

Real Techniques Shader Brush

MAC #231 Small Shader Brush

Sigma Blending Brush or MAC 224 Blending Brush

Crown Brush Blending Brush

Crown Brush Detail Liner


NYX Eyeshadow Base ‘White’

MAC  Pigment ‘Push the Edge’

MAC  Eyeshadow ‘Silver Ring’

MAC Fluidline ‘Blacktrack’

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil ‘Black Bean’

tarte emphasEYES inner rim eyeliner ‘Black’

tarte Lights Camera Flashes mascara ‘Black’

LIT Cosmetics Glitter Base


– MAC Brow Pencil ‘Spiked’

– Model in a bottle Brow Sealer


Purple Smoky Eye Combo



– Stila Natural Finish Foundation Shade ‘i’

– LA Girl Pro Concealer ‘Toffee’

– Ben Nye Banana Powder

– Model in a Bottle Setting Spray

– Sleek Makeup Contour Kit


MAC Ombre Blush ‘Vintage Grape’


MAC Lip Pencil ‘Currant’

MAC Lipstick ‘Rebel’


What do you think of the Purple Smoky Eye I’ve created? Would you try?