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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?
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Review: Dashing Diva True Color Base & Top Coat

April 1, 2010

When I went to the International Beauty Show on March 7, 2010 (see my review here) I picked up several nail polishes, two of which were Dashing Diva’s True Color Base & Top Coats.   They were being sold at IBS for $2 each (larger bottles ($5 – regretting not getting them).  The original price, I’m not really sure of, but I’ll update the post with the price as soon as I find out.  I do know that these base & top coats are only available through Dashing Diva Professional membership.

The purpose of both True Color products are to ensure your polish, when painted on your nails shows true to color, and not oxidize or fade as some polishes do over-time.   The base coat is white, to ensure the nail polish you’re applying is going on a clean, clear “canvas” – kind of like applying an nude or white eyeshadow base.

Does it work?: Yes.  Both products work really well.  My nail polish went on smoothly, true to color, and dried quickly without using a quick-dry product.  Also, the polish I applied lasted a week or so without chipping.  I didn’t experience any bubbling of my polish either. 

***During IBS I also purchased Essie’s 3-Way Glaze base & top coat. My nail polish lasted for a week, but the color changed so many times within that one week. My Tarte Deco Polish went from Coral, to Orange, to Neon Pink in some areas. 

Would I recommend?: Definitely. If you are able to find it. Pick up a bottle – or two.

Will I re-purchase?:  Most definitely! I just need to find it. I havent’ checked my Dashing Diva location to see if they sold it.  When I did go last week, they didn’t use this base & top coat, so I don’t know.

These are my nails painted with OPI Jade is the New Black on Saturday, March 27, 2010

These are my nails today (I just snapped this at work). Absolutely no chipping, just some new growth. My nails grow fast since I’ve been taking my Nutralite Women’s Pack.

What are your favorite base & top coats?
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Weekend Recap: Tribeca Retail Club Fashion Night Out| Afiesha’s Birthday Party

March 28, 2010

On Friday,  March 26th, I went to the Tribeca Retail Club Fashion Night Out at Chacala a Secret Spot.  Several booths were setup, consisting mostly of accessory designers, two clothing booths, and one makeup station (Yagolicious).  The event was free, however, $15 VIP tickets were available for purchase on-line, which entitled you to a goody bag, and open bar.

This event was similar to Shecky’s Nights Out.  I think this was a pretty cool event, and is something that will definitely “pop-off” in the upcoming years.   It’s great for up & coming designers who would like to get the word out about their products.  I just wish there was a larger variety of vendors.    Like I said before, it was mostly jewelry designers.  
I ended up purchased a fly pair of shades from Accessory Remix.  These shades have been worn by people like Teyana Taylor.  They’re pretty cool since you can wear the chain on the shades sans shades.  I can’t wait to take them to the beach!  
Here are more pictures from the event:
The bag…
Yesterday was one of my best friends birthday parties – the one I asked you guys to help me pick an outfit for in this post last week.  It took place at the Gansevoort Hotel’s Rooftop.  It was nice.  All of us who came out looked great! Here are a few pictures from last night.  I ended up wearing the jumpsuit since it was so cold here in New York City.  
Birthday Girl
Me & the birthday girl
Me!
The girls!

The Cake! 
My sister made it.  If you need a cake you can email her. 
She’s on twitter too! Souldelcious


Kim

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Liptar

March 25, 2010

On March 19, 2010 I purchased four Lip Tars from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics in the following colors:

1. Complex (New) – “Super pale, greyed beige/violet” 
2. Hoochie (New) – “Lush, vibrant magenta” (Love it!)
3. Demure (New) – “Intense, purple fuschia” (Love it!)
4. Safety Orange – “Vivid, vibrant, juicy orange” (Love it!)

I meant to grab Vapid (pale, bubblegum lavender), which is also a new color, but I totally missed adding it to my cart.  


Description (source):
A stunning new innovation in lip color, OCC Lip Tar combines the longevity of a lipstick, with the ease of application of a gloss. Goes on slick and moist, and dries down to a featherweight, long-wearing satin finish.

Price: $12.50 

Application:  You only need very little.  Use a lip brush with this.  It glides on really smooth, and the colors are really pigmented. 

Consistency: It’s really light.  I have it on now as I’m typing this, and I don’t feel heaviness or stickiness.  Reminds me of a lipstick.  It’s a little watery coming out of the tube so be careful not to squeeze it too hard.


Demure & Safety Orange stain your lips a little, but that’s not a major deal. 

I want to pick up a few more like Tarred, Pageant etc.  they have some pretty cool colors.  I also want to try their pigments.  I heard some good things about them.

Now for the swatches:

L-R (Complex, Hoochie, Demure, Safety Orange)


From L-R (Safety Orange, Demure, Hoochie, Complex)


Lips bare (sorry about the flicks of sparkle. I was wearing Pinkarat prior to swatching these)

Complex


Hoochie



Demure

Safety Orange




Have any of you tried OCC Lip Tars? If so, how’d you like them?  I look forward to your feedback.


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Kim

My Favoriste Scents Series: Mademoiselle

March 17, 2010

This is the last of my favorite scents series.  Over the last two weeks I’ve introduced you to Insolence by Guerlain and Lola by Marc Jacobs, and today I will end the series with my favorite scent out of my three signature scents, which is Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel.

This is my all-time favorite scent, next to the Insolence.  It’s feminine and sexy, but it’s still young and exciting.  It lasts all day, and the scent isn’t overwhelming.  I love Coco Mademoiselle too because it doesn’t smell the same on every person.  For example, my co-worker and I can wear it the same day, and she will compliment me on the scent, not knowing it’s the same one. 

I love wearing this scent especially when I’m going out to a party/date.  It’s a seriously sexy scent, and it just seems perfect for that reason.

I’m sad that my bottle is finally running out.  My boyfriend purchased it for me Christmas of 2008, and it lasted this long! Amazing right?  Who is going to buy me a new bottle? .:lol:.

While I was going through my lucky magazine, I came across Givenchy’s ange ou demon le secret.  It smells wonderful.  I think this will be added to my collection of “signature” scents. 

My Favorite Scents Series: Whatever Lola Wants… Lola Gets

March 10, 2010

Last week Wednesday, in the post titled, “My Favorite Scents Series: The Smell of Purple,” I introduced you to one of my favorite “signature” scents, which was Insolence by Guerlain.  This week, I’m going to introduce you to my second “signature” scent, which is Marc Jacobs’ Lola.

I believe I did a review on this scent. You can find it by clicking here.  I love this scent! I wear it when I want a nice, clean, crisp, fresh & flirty scent.  It’s perfect for daytime.  The only thing about it is I find that it doesn’t last too long. 

Isn’t the bottle HOT though?  I purchased this after seeing promo’s for it one day I was in Bloomingdales in Midtown.  The sales women used the tops of the bottles as accessories; it was in their hair or used as a brouche

I purchased my 3.4 Fl oz bottle from Sephora using a giftcard a friend gave me for my birthday. It was $85.

Next week, I will introduce you to my last “signature” scent. Yes, I saved the best for last.

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My Calgel Manicure

March 8, 2010

Yesterday, while I was at the International Beauty Show at Jacob Javits Center in New York, I stumbled upon the Calgel America, Inc. booth.  Guess what they were doing? Giving Calgel manicures for $20!!! Do you know how excited I was? Typically, these manicures cost at least $60 for the manicure + $30 for the nail art = $90 & $45 for re-fills at Sakura Nail Spa in New York City.

I’ve been wanting to try Calgel for months now ever since a few friends of mine who get them on a regular basis suggested it to me.  stars such as Paris Hilton use calgel, and it was also featured in Marie Claire magazine.

The site describes Calgel as a nail system that promotes nail health, and unlike acrylics and glue, it will not damage your nails. calgel also does not chip, lift, or get rubbery.  Calgel is all natural. It can be used on false nail tips or as an overlay on natural nails (what I got yesterday). It’s available in almost 100 different colors, and the styles can vary. 

These manicures can last from 3-4 weeks depending on the style you get. I got french because I was told it would last longer; I wouldn’t be able to see the growth as much as I would if I got color.  I will try something fun & crazy next time.  

Calgel is cool because you don’t have to wait for anythign to dry; No more worrying about your nails smudging after you manicure from going in your purse or putting your coat on. 

Maintenance:
Use non-acetone nail polish remover once a week to remove the clear top coat.  Take any clear, non-acetone top-coat & put on your nail to make it look shiny & new.
You can also paint over the calgel with any nail polish color of your choice.

Using google image search, I found the following different styles of calgel manicures.  I’ve always seen people with these, and wondered what it was.  Now, I know. 

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International Beauty Show New York-Sunday, March 7, 2010

March 7, 2010

I went to the International Beauty Show (IBS) New York today for the very first time.  Sign-up/Registration started at 9:30 am, but I got there at 10:30, and the line was LOOOOONG!  Good thing it went by quickly.  First, I must say that this is just so overwhelming; so many different products & companies all in one place.  I wish I didn’t have to work Monday & Tuesday so I would be able to take it all in.  My back is sore, legs are tired, but  I had a good time. 



The majority of the booths were for hair styling products, hair treatments, and hair tools. There were not many cosmetics booths, so I spent most of my time walking around, and buying stuff.  I did get a chance to stop by NYX Cosmetics, Naked, Becca, Jaguar International, Crown Brush, and Eve Pearl.  I caught Eve Pearl doing some makeup lessons, which was cool.  I can’t wait for The Makeup Show New York.  I will be in my full glory.  I’m going to start saving now, so when May 16/17th come, I can SPLURGE!!!



I also had the opportunity to get a $20 Calgel Manicure.   Yes, I took off the pretty China Glaze ‘For Audrey’ to get this! The ladies doing the nails couldn’t believe it either lol.  If you know about Calgel, you’ll know that’s a STEAL!!! You can get them here.  I got the french this time because I was trying it out. I love it! Next time I will try something a little more funkier.  I’ve been wanting to try these since last year because  a few friends of mine recommended them to me.  I only knew about the 86th street location, which is way too far to just get some nails done.  This lasts for 3-4 weeks. I was told the french lasts a little longer, which is great.  Once a week I take a non-acetone nail polish remover to remove the top coat, add a new layer to make it look nice & fresh.  That’s it, until I need a filling, which the lady said is $45.



You know I bought some stuff. I limited myself to spend $100.  I know if I took out anymore than that I would have spent it all!



I bought the following at the show:
NYX Cosmetics – $27 
Orange Chrome Eeyshadow
Red Pink Eyeshadow
Azur Sky Eyeshadow
Extreme Black & Dark Brown Felt Tip Liner
Blotting paper
Lip liner in Purple rain, bloom, & pinky
Purple eyeliner
Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean



Crown brush – $19
2 Fluffy Eyeshadow brushes
1 Kabuki Brush
1 Pack of Mascara wands
2 packs of sponges


Essie Nailpolish 6/$20
3-Way Glaze
Mesmerize
Chocolate kisses
Tart Deco
Mint Candy Apple
Chinchilly



Dashing Diva Nailpolish $2 each 
True Color Base Coat 
True Color Top Coat


Jane Carter Solutions Hair Products
Moisture Nourishing Shampoo $5 (reg $8)
Nutrient Replenishing Condition $5 (reg $14)
Scalp Nourishing Serum $10 (reg $14)
They also gave me free samples of the Nourish & Shine for hair & body 4 oz jar is $22 (similar to a butter but not greasy)



I’ll be sure to review the products I bought.  I’ll also do some swatches of the nail polishes too.


Make up by Kim Porter

My Favorite Scents Series: The Smell of Purple

March 3, 2010

I’ll admit, I do not have a single “signature” scent.  You know the scent that you’re supposed to have that when you walk into a room, people will know that you just walked in.  I totally break that rule.  Instead of one, I have .:gasp:. THREE!  

In this post, I will introduce you to one of my favorite fragrances. Insolence by Guerlaine is one of the three fragrance I have, and love.  If you can imagine the smell of purple (could be the violet in it?), I think this is what it would smell like.  .:LOL:. I know it’s weird, but purple is my favorite color & this is what it smells like to me! Don’t judge me :o)  It has a nice scent.  A little goes a long way, and it lasts all day!

I was using My Insolence at first, until my boyfriend picked this one up for me, and I actually liked the regular Insolence better. I found that My Insolence had baby powderish notes to it, that I didn’t like, and it was a little too much on the citrusy side (in my opinion). 

I think my boyfriend purchased it from MACY*S.  I’ve been seeing varying price ranges so, I’m not going to post the price.

If you end up trying this, please let me know.

Makeup by Kim Porter

Review: Shobha Ingrown Relief Lotion

February 24, 2010

Picture courtesy of Shobha

If you follow my blog, on twitter or know me personally, you will know that I love Shobha, and they are the only people I trust to do my brazillians.  Heck, I followed my waxer, karmjeet from Shobha SoHo to the Madison Avenue location, which is a little troop for me, but that’s how great she is.  Since, I am such a loyal customer, I was given this bottle of ingrown relief lotion during my latest visit during the end of January.  I said to myself, how can this help ingrowns?  Needless to say, I was a bit skeptical.  Low and behold, it worked!

 I applied the cream religiously daily (48 hours after waxing) per the instructions. I stayed bare & smooth (still almost bare, yet still smooth) in my southern region for weeks with no ingrowns.  I would definitely recommend it to you if you get waxes like me.  I will buy  it when I run out.

Price: $22
Here’s some info about the product from Shobha’s website:
“Shobha® Ingrown Relief Lotion offers a sensitive & effective one-step solution for the prevention & treatment of bumps & ingrown hairs caused by hair removal.”

Formula:
Our formula uses natural ingredients that are effective without being harsh or drying! no worries, it’s free of parabens, color & artificial fragrance.”

-glycolic acid exfoliates

-tea tree oil protects
-chamomile soothes

– glycerin moisturizes

Benefits
-removes the dead upper layers of skin that can clog hair follicles & redirect hair growth inward

-improves skin tone & texture
-naturally fights off irritation & ingrowns
-keeps skin soft & hydrated
-preserves calmness of the skin & eliminates the tell-tale signs of sensitivity from hair removal treatments


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***Disclaimer: This product was not purchased by me, but was given to me as a gift.  This is my un-biased, and honest review of the product mentioned.