Makeup By Kim Porter


IT Cosmetics CC Your Way to Beautiful Skin 4-piece Collection ‘Rich’ {Swatches}

IT Cosmetics CC Your Way to Beautiful Skin 4 piece collection


One of my favorite cosmetics brands, IT Cosmetics has an exciting 4-piece collection debuting March 10, 2014 on QVC – CC Your Way to Beautiful Skin ($58.98 – QVC Item #: A253534).   This collection features four of IT Cosmetics must-have beauty products that allow you to put your best [fresh] face forward this spring.  Included in the IT Cosmetics CC Your Way to Beautiful Skin collection are: CC+™ Lip Serum Hydrating Anti-Aging Color Correcting Creme Gloss, Tightline™ Waterproof Mascara Primer, a super size (2.53 fl oz) Your Skin But Better CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+, and a Heavenly Luxe™ Plush Paddle Foundation Brush.

The IT Cosmetics CC Your Way to Beautiful Skin 4-piece collection is the perfect collection for women who don’t like the look and feel of heavy makeup, and want the added bonus of applying makeup that leads to healthier and better skin.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Shade Rich

Your Skin But Better CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+

The Your Skin But Better CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum  is a full-coverage color correcting cream, anti-aging serum, and broad spectrum SPF 50 + all-in-one, which means you no longer have to apply product after product to achieve healthy-looking, glowing skin. The Your Skin But Better CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ isn’t heavy, and doesn’t look cakey, and as you can see from the swatches, it has great coverage, and does a good job of color correcting the blue-green area on my wrists.  I know with darker skintones the concern with wearing products that contain Titanium and Zinc Oxide is flashback – I didn’t experience that.

 The Your Skin But Better CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ comes in five shades: Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, and Rich.

IT Cosmetics CC Cream Shade Rich

Heavenly Luxe™ Plush Paddle Foundation Brush

The Heavenly Luxe™ Plush Paddle Foundation Brush is a synthetic, but soft dense foundation brush that enables you to apply a smooth, even layer of the Your Skin But Better CC+™ Cream to clean skin or over your favorite moisturizer.

Heavenly Luxe Plush Paddle Foundation Brush

Tightline™ Waterproof Mascara Primer

The Tightline™ Waterproof Mascara Primer is a waterproof eyelash primer that lasts up to 12 hours.  Using the Tightline™ Waterproof Mascara Primer isn’t that hard – you lightly and gentle press the Tightline™ Waterproof Mascara Primer wand along the root of your lash line to fill-in the gaps between the lashes for the look of added volume and definition.

CC+™ Lip Serum Hydrating Anti-Aging Color Correcting Creme Gloss

Finish your fresh faced spring look by applying the “ultra-conditioning” CC+™ Lip Serum Hydrating Anti-Aging Color Correcting Creme Gloss in shade “Love” for instant color correction , and a flush of color.  The CC+™ Lip Serum Hydrating Anti-Aging Color Correcting Creme Gloss can be worn both day and night for improved hydration.  The CC+™ Lip Serum Hydrating Anti-Aging Color Correcting Creme Gloss is a good match for my brown skin; it looks natural, and smells wonderful.

IT Cosmetics Color Correcting Creme Gloss

The IT Cosmetics CC Your Way to Beautiful Skin 4-piece Collection will be a t Today’s Special Value (TSV) on QVC.  It will be offered at an impressive affordable price of $58.98, while supplies last, for oNE DA ONLY on QVC. , the QVC apps and on Monday, March 10, 2014 from 12: 00 a.m. EST to 2:25 a.m. the following day.

What do you think of the IT Cosmetics CC Your Way to Beautiful Skin Collection?

Will you purchase?


Disclosure: Product was provided for review consideration. All opinions are my own and are honest.

My Favorite Makeup Removers {Video}

Favorite Makeup Removers

After you’ve applied all of the makeup, and your day is done, you’re met with the dreaded conclusion that it all has to come off.  Removing my makeup at the end of the day is probably my least favorite part of applying makeup; however, to save face (literally), I have to make sure all traces of makeup is gone.  How do I do that?  With the help of my Favorite Makeup Removers, of course.  Watch the video below for a peak at what are my Favorite Makeup Removers, and why I use them.


Dermalogica PreCleanse Oil

I’ve reviewed the Dermalogica PreCleanse Oil ($35.00) previously on this blog, and I still use it to remove my makeup, or whenever I feel like I’m in need of a deep cleansing.  Since the Dermalogica PreCleanse Oil requires me to stand at a sink, and isn’t travel-friendly, I’ve turned to something else to use on my “lazy nights,” the Dermalogica PreCleanse Wipes.

Dermalogica PreCleanse Wipes

If you love the Dermalogica PreCleanse Oil, you will love the wipes! The Dermalogica PreCleanse Wipes (20 Pre-moistened Wipes/$18)  are packed with the same makeup remover and cleansing ingredients just like the oil, except in a biodegradable wipe form.  Since the produce is in wipe form, they’re travel-friendly, and also makes them perfect to keep at your bedside for those nights when you’re too tired to stand at the sink to remove your makeup.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Hydrating Cleansing Towelettes

The Neutrogena Makeup Remover Hydrating Cleansing Towelettes ($4.99/25)  are an affordable makeup remover wipes that can be found at your local drugstore.  I’ve reviewed them, and I still use them.  I’ve honestly repurchased them several times. The Neutrogena Makeup Remover Hydrating Cleansing Towelettes get rid of everything. EVERYTHING!

Ponds Luminous Clean Wet Towelettes

The Ponds Luminous Clean Wet Towelettes ($5.79/ 30 Wipes) are wipes I use after I use any of the above makeup removers.  These towelettes help my skin feel clean, and get rid of any excess residue that the makeup removers may have missed.  Again, they’re great for traveling, and perfect for keeping at your bedside. Another thing about these wipes are that they can be used when the weather warms up for on-the-go cleansing because sweat, oil and dirt equals breakouts and blemishes.


What are your Favorite Makeup Removers and on-the-go cleansers?


Best Red Lipsticks You Should Wear

Feeling drab? Just put on some red lipstick.  Red lipsticks can bring life to any look.  It can make you look and feel glamorous, sexy and ready to take on the world (I kid).  Wearing red lipstick can shorten your beauty routine, and still have you looking fabulous. Many times I’ve forgone foundation, blush/bronzer – basically my whole ‘get cute’ makeup routine – when I want a simple look in a few seconds flat.  There a few red lipsticks that I’m attached to, and live in my purse because I wear them almost every day.  It’s sad because my 2 1/2 year old daughter even notices. She said “Mommy, you always wear red li-stick.”


Best Red Lipsticks


Below are the Best Red Lipsticks to Ring in the New Year or a New Day

1. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) “NSFW” – True red with a mate finish.

2.  Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) “Strutter” – Mahogany-toned ‘classic’ red.

3.  Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) ” Role Play”  – Deep maroon with red pearl.

4. MAC Cosmetics “Russian Red” – Non-drying matte red lipstick with great staying power, and a tad bit of creaminess.

5.  MAC Cosmetics “RiRi Woo” –  Is a “matte cool red [with a retro matte finish]”

6. MAC Cosmetics “Ruby Woo” – Velvety matte finish, blue-based red. (see post)


Tips for wearing red lipsticks

1.  Exfoliate your lips using a lip scrub if you’re using a matte lipstick.

2. Properly moisturize your lips prior to applying lipstick.

3.  Line your lips with a neutral-toned lip pencil to keep the lipstick from feathering.  You may also fill your lip with the pencil to act as a base.  Example: I use MAC ‘Cork’ lip pencil.

4.  Use a lip brush for precise application.  Nothing looks worse (or trashy) than messy red lipstick.

5. Clean up the areas around the mouth with a concealer or foundation in the shade of your skin tone. Use a Flat Definer Brush like E15 brush from Sigma Makeup

6.  Add a clear gloss over a satin or matte lipstick to make your lips look fuller. You may also apply the clear gloss prior to applying your lipstick to in a sense, dilute the lipstick shade. The latter is more for daytime wear.


Red Lipsticks



What are some of your favorite red lipsticks?

Makeup by Kim Porter’s 2014 New Year’s Resolution aka Blog Goals

2014 New Year's Resolution

I can’t believe that in just a few hours, 2014 will be here! Do you feel like 2013 has flew by like I do? This last year for the blog was pretty good.  I know that I have slacked on posting, but eventually, I picked up the slack and got back in the groove of things.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year


THANK YOU for supporting my blog through commenting, sharing my posts etc. I REALLY appreciate it all!

Special thanks goes to the most active commenters (please check out & follow their blogs!)

Miranda of Slashed Beauty 

Sheila of Painted Ladies

Jonesy of The Bliss List

Harshleen of Beauty Tid Bits

Brooke of Blushing Noir


These were the top 5 most popular posts in 2013

1.  Kit Essentials: LA Girl Pro Concealers {Swatches & Photos}

2. Review: imPress Press-on Manicures Salon Results? Not so Sure

3. Kit Essentials: LA Girl Pro Concealers More Shades, Pictures & Swatches

4. How to: Highlight & Contouring 

5. Who Would Have Thought? Risks of Gel Manicures  <—- This was my most controversial post, ever!

Makeup by Kim Porter Blog  readers are from 176 countries, with most of them being from the United States (Canada follows closely behind).

Makeup by Kim Porter’s 2014 New Year’s Resolution aka Blog Goals

To keep up and maintain the Makeup by Kim Porter blog, I will resolve to do the following:

1. Re-do editorial calendar

2. Schedule posts ahead of time

3. Post 5 times per week

4. Have at least 1 tutorial post per week that includes a YouTube video

5. Improve the look & feel of  (Suggestions appreciated)

6. Work on SEO

7. Interact more with Makeup by Kim Porter readers and other bloggers

8.  Use Pinterest more for blogging purposes

9. Use Google+ more & increase my following to 500 followers

10.  Increase daily & monthly blog views

11. Increase Pinterest  followers to 1000

12.  Post Pictorials on Instagram at least once per week

13. Increase Instagram followers to 3, 000

14. Use my DSLR more to take better photos for the blog

15.  Design a monthly newsletter

16.  Work more with brands that I love


What are your 2014 New Year’s Resolutions or blog goals?