Archive for April, 2010

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April 12, 2010

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My blog has moved! (change your links)

April 12, 2010

Hey guys!

I have moved from blogger.  I bought my own hosting & had a new site & blog created.  You can still find me at http://makeupbykim-porter.com/

My blog is here http://makeupbykim-porter.com/?page_id=188

Check it out & add to your blog roll please

Thank you!

NOTW: I have Miami on my Mind

April 11, 2010

I re-visited another color I over-wore last summer (2009) which was from OPI’s South Beach Collection.  Purple is my favorite color, and Done Out in Deco, is a beautiful lilac.  I love it against my complexion.  


Do you have a nail polish color you keep re-visiting? If so, which and why?

For the Oily Girls: How I Keep the Oil Away

April 10, 2010

Having oily skin is a gift and a curse.  I say that because when you have oily skin, your makeup tends to make you look like a grease box, and dirty.  Having oily skin is a gift in that it prevents you from aging as fast as other people, so we stay looking younger longer (blessing).

I am combination oily;  oily in my t-zone & normal-dry on the rest of my face.  It was a mess trying to apply makeup to then have it gone within a few hours.  After much research and trial and error, I finally found something that works for me.  I just want to point out that because it works for me, it may or may not work for you. Everyone is different.

Steps I take before applying my makeup:

1. After my face is washed & still damp, I tone my skin with Witch Hazel
2. Apply MAC’s Oil Control Lotion to my t-zone (forehead, nose & chin) – the places I get oily most. Apply regular moisturizer everywhere else. (Blot off excess with a paper towel)
3. Apply MUFE All Mat Primer to my t-zone (over the Oil Control Lotion)
4. Apply a light dusting (BLEND IN WELL) of Ben Nye’s Banana Powder (over the All Mat)
5. Apply your foundation or powder as you would normally do.

***I know it seems like a lot of steps, but, it definitely works. *** 

Also, if you have oily skin stay away from oil-based products, such as soaps, moisturizers, makeup, and even hair products.  YES, hair products.  Hair products tend to seep onto your face if you tend to sweat, and your body heat also sends the oil based product past your hairline.

I hope this helps :o)

Do you have oily skin? If so, what do you do to minimize the oil?

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My uses for MAC Fix+ Spray

April 8, 2010

This post was sparked by a post on Self-Confessions of a Beauty Addict  where she asked her readers what they used MAC’s Fix + Spray for?  This is my response to her.

Description (source):
(Retail: $18 for 3.4 fl oz)
An aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi. Adds radiance, finishes makeup. Spray it on. Skin drinks it up!

Fix + is supposed (keyword: supposed)to be used to set your makeup after application. 

I use it for the following:
1. To moisten my skin before applying moisturizer

2. To apply eyeshadow/pigments to decrease fall out

3. I spray it on my brush when I use my brow powder to make the lines more defined and straight.

4. Using e/s as an eyeliner.

5. To wet sponge/brush for foundation application.
 
6.  I spray it on after I apply my makeup for a dewy glow.
 
If you want a good fixer, for a reasonable price, you can try Ben Nye’s Final Seal.  The 2 oz bottle is available at Alcone Co for $7 ($5 at Partywiththis.com); the 8 oz is $17; 16 oz $27

Do you use MAC’s Fix+?  If not, what do you use instead?

FOTD: Subtle Brown Smokey Eye for Daytime

April 8, 2010

This is what I have on today at work.  It’s wearable for daytime. sorry if they picture is unclear, but I took the photo with my blackberry camera.

Eyes:
UDPP
MAC Paintpot – Quite Natural
MAC Embark E/S
SMH Champagne E/S
MAC Smolder Eye Kohl
MAC Fluidline Blacktrack
NYX Eyelashes EL 1122

Face:
MAC Oil control Lotion
MUFE All Mat Primer
Ben Nye Banana Powder
MUFE Face & Body – Caramel 18

Cheeks:
NYX Creme Rouge Blush – Orange
MAC Blush Ombre – Rip Peach (darker portion)

Lips:
MAC Totally It L/G

Blog Award

April 8, 2010

I was given another blog award – the same one from two different bloggers Fintia and Hanna. A BIG THANK YOU to those ladies.

Rules:
1. Post the logo in your blog post.
2. Pass the award onto 15 fellow bloggers
3. Let the recipients know they’ve received an award by commenting on their blog.
4. Share the love & link to the person who sent you the award.

I am passing this award onto the following bloggers. Check them out!

Danielle
Nikka
TKOMulatta
Eujenya
Jay Anne
Glam Latte
Nicole
Skinny Bitches – in the Making
Fabulous Brown girl
Becky
Joi
Lauren

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway.  It ends May, 3, 2010.  CLICK HERE or check my sidebar.

FOTD – Safe for Work Makeup

April 7, 2010
I waxed my eyebrows last night with Surgi Smooth’s 3-step waxing Kit (it was actually the Brazillian Kit Retail:$25).  I actually won it on twitter. It works great. I also waxed my “happy trail” – no pain.  I’m going to try & tackle the rest of it later on tonight .:lol:
Onto the Face of the Day (FOTD)
Eyes:
UDPP Sin
Bronze Color E/S from 88 Neutral’s Palette
Black E/S From 88 Neutrals Palette
MAC Fluidline – Blacktrack
NYX Eyelashes EL 112
Brows:
Ardell Brow Powder – Mink
MAC Brow Gel –
MAC Fix +
Face:
MAC Oil Control Lotion
MUFE All Mat Primer
MUFE HD Concealer #360 (under eye)
MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC50 (cover blemishes)
MAC MSF Natural Dark
Cheeks:
MAC Iridescent Loose Powder – Golden Bronze
MAC Blush – As Sweet As Cocoa
Lips:
Carmex
MAC Bronzilla L/S
Don’t forget to enter my giveaways. One here on the sidebar and another on youtube.
Kim

30% Off at Urban Decay – STOCK UP ON YOUR URBAN DECAY PRIMER POTION NOW!!!

April 6, 2010

I just tweeted this, but I figured I’d share this with my blog family as well. Urban Decay is offering their Family & friends discount from now until April 19th.  30% off using Code: 1SFNF.

Stock up on your Urband Decay Primer Potion. I did.

Thank me later :o)

Kim

P.S Don’t forget to enter my giveaway <—-click link.  You just might win an Urban Decay Primer Potion.  You MUST be a follower of my blog to enter.

SPF Makeup – Avoid Looking Like Casper in Photos

April 6, 2010

Many of us have fallen victims to this.  Especially in the summer time when we’re told to slather on the SPF products for protection from the sun.  Little did you know, that once a photograph is taken (especially at night), the flash would reflect off of the SPF, and poof! you’re casper the friendly ghost!  This has happened to me before, and a few friends of mine (no names mentioned).  I figured it out after my cousin told me it was the SPF, and after that I did research.

You just KNEW the foundation was a clear match to your skintone when you looked in the mirror, so what happened?

Alpha Mom explains this in her blog post Ghost Face Killer: Your Guide to Photofriendly Cosmetics (click link for full article).  “The majority of point-and-shoot cameras have the flash mounted on the front of the camera. When the picture is taken, the light essentially punches the subject directly in the face. If you think about it, we are usually lit from above by sunlight or ceiling lights, or from the side by a window or lamp light. A bright, pre-set camera flash is an unnatural light source hitting you at an unnatural angle, so naturally you’re going to look, um, unnatural in the photograph.” 

Also, if you tend to look pale or washed out in a photo, using the wrong shade of foundation, or using too much powder is the cause of it.  Make sure you purchase the correct shade for your skintone.  Check this post here to see how. If you’re still unsure, bring a friend with you when you go to the makeup counter. A second or third “eye” (person) can always see what you don’t.

How do I avoid this?

When I know I am going somewhere where a lot of photos will be taken, I straight up avoid SPF, especially if the event is at night (there’s no sun at night so there’s no need to use SPF). If you love your SPF, here are some other options.

Use Mattes – Opt for matte, rather than shimmery finishes for eye and cheek makeup. Shimmery eyeshadows and powders can give skin a greasy look under flash.

Apply makeup in natural light – Apply your makeup next to the window with the brightest natural light. I’ve applied makeup in both bathroom and natural lighting, and I think I look my best in pictures when I apply makeup in the latter.

Choose a powder with a yellow tint – Don’t use translucent powder, to set your makeup. Transparent powders tend to leave a white cast when the flash goes off.  I use Ben Nye’s Banana Powder or MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC45.

Practice your look and takes pics with a digital camera before your event–  This allows you to evaluate your work beforehand. You’ll be able to see and correct your mistakes.

Blend, Blend, Blend! –  Remove any harsh lines. Even if you feel like you’ve blended out all the edges, blend some more; otherwise, you risk your makeup (concealer) looking too obvious.

For more tips, you can checkout Wedding Style Suite. They have an article on Wedding Makeup Tips