NOTW – Bright & Perfect for Spring

April 5, 2010

Color: Neon 4 – Cosmic Blue

I purchased this Mattesse Nail Polish from Ricky’s last summer. I actually purchased at least 3 other Neon’s from this collection along with this one. This color looks great on my toes too. Perfect color for brown/tanned/bronzed skin.

Price: The polish was $3.99 (very affordable)

Lasting ability: Lasts a litle over a week no chipping or bubbling.

Where to buy: Ricky’s if there’s one near you or you can order on-line from Perfumania

Don’t forget to enter my Giveaway (CLICK HERE)
I also have one on Youtube

Happy Easter! Blog Roundup

April 3, 2010

Edited by: Iggi

Hello All!! I would like to start by conveying Happy Easter wishes to all from The Glamarazzi!!! Hope the Easter Bunny is nice to you:) Our contribution is a basket full of fabulous beauty, fashion and glamour tips!! Enjoy!!

The Style Aficionado evaluates Spring denim trends

Temple Of Glam has Beauty tips from celeb makeup artist Sam Fine & Lisa Wu Hartwell from “Real Housewives of Atlanta”

Kim Porter teaches you the importance of eyeshadow primers & bases when applying your eyeshadow to keep it lasting all day.

With the summer only 2 months away Her Goody Bag helps you get in shape with Summer 101: Beach Body

Why ProjectDanielle wears her sunglasses (not at night) and you should too.

Make-up/Music/Money/Me reviews goodies from EcoTools

Hot Beauty Health shows you 8 trendy ways to wear neutral colors for Spring!

Vex in the City tests out Shu Uemera’s LE Iconic Discovery Set which includes two of its best selling products.

Obessesion Isn’t Just A Perfume: Give your pores a good Spring cleaning with Alba Deep Sea Facial Mask.

The Glamour Whore
tells which trends in avoid. Just say “NO! NO! NO!”

Entry into NV Beauty’s Bring Your A-Game Contest (Picture Heavy)

April 3, 2010
Nicole over at NV Beauty Blog is hosting a creative contest titled “Bring Your A-Game
This is my entry

This is the picture that inspired this look.  I chose this one because I loved the colors against the background. I tried to incorporate the environment with the outfit.

I used mostly colors from the 120-palette

My 250+ Follower Giveaway – (MAC/Sephora Giftcard, UDPP, NYC & More)

April 2, 2010
I meant to do a giveaway last week when I reached 250 Followers. I’m at 287 right now, and I thank all of you who read my blog, and leave comments.  This is to show my appreciation for your loyalty.  There are rules so PLEASE follow them to the ‘T’ to ensure your entry isn’t disqualified

YOU HAVE TO BE A FOLLOWER of my blog & subscriber to my youtube channel as this giveaway is to thank all my followers for their support.

***Blogs created just to advertise the giveaway will not be counted.***

The giveaway is open to ALL of my BLOG FOLLOWERS, so everyone from the U.K and Internationally can enter.
How to Enter
(One comment per entry)

1. To gain ONE entry you must be a follower of my blog, and fill out the entry form (<==== Click Link).

***One email address per entry. If more than one email address is connected to an IP address. ALL of your entries will be disqualified***

2. To gain TWO entries comment below and either do a blog post about my giveaway, or link my giveaway in the side bar of your blog with a picture & link back to this post, and then post the link on my blog below.

***One email address per entry. If more than one email address is connected to an IP address. ALL of your entries will be disqualified***

3. For THREE entries Retweet on twitter the link to my contest and @MakeupKimPorter when you do it), comment below & include your twitter name. (must all be done at same time of entry)

***Do NOT just follow me on twitter to enter the contest. If caught, you will be disqualified***

4. You have up to 3 times to enter the 1st day, and 1 per day after initial entry.  Do not exceed that or you will be disqualified.

Examples of entries:
One entry: Just fill out the entry form
Second Entry: “Hi Kim. I filled out the form this is my Second Entry. The link to my blog post is here (insert link)”
Third Entry: “Hi Kim. This is my Third Entry.  I tweeted about your blog & my twitter name is @_______” 
5. The giveaway will end on Sunday, May 3, 2010 10:00 PM EST.
6. The Winner(s) will be chosen randomly

7. Please leave your email address so I may contact you if you win

Prize(s)
One winner will receive:
1. MAC OR Sephora Gift Card ($25 value) 
2. Urban Decay Primer Potion
3. A Pair of Red Cherry Eyelashes
Another winner will receive:
1. NYX Jumbo Eyepencil in Milk
2. Stars Makeup Haven 28 pan empty palette with magnets (fits MAC eyeshadows)
3. A Pair of Red Cherry Eyelashes

***Other items, and an additional winner may be added to this giveaway, so stay tuned.

 
 
Disclaimer: Prizes are subject to change without notice.  I purchased all prizes with my own money; nothing was donated to me. 

Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel & Baby Creamy Oil

April 2, 2010
I was invited to attend the Essence an Johnson & Johnson for WEEN event hosted by Mikki Taylor, that took place last week Saturday, March 27, 2010  at the W hotel Union square.  The panel consisted of  Dr. Cheryl Burgess of Black Opal, celebrity MUA’s Derrick Rutledge, and Tia Dantzler,  along with Joelle Lyons.  Sam Fine & Lisa Wu Hartwel (RHOA) was also in attendance, and shared some of their beauty secrets.  
If you check other beauty blogs, you will be able to see what each panelist said during the event.  I was unable to attend, so the person who contacted me sent me what I would have received in my “swag bag” which contained Johnson & Johnson products: (1)baby oil, (2)baby oil gel, and (2)baby creamy oil.  

The world of baby oil gels aren’t new to me at all. In fact, I love them.   I’ve used the Aloe, Chamomile (discontinued), Lavender (discontinued) and  the Cocoa Shae Butter gels.  Throughout the life of my blog, I’ve mentioned using Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel.  I talked about my use of it during the cold winter months in my “Beat Dry, Flaky Skin this Winter” post, and in a post I did last summer (2009) titled, “Tanning Season: Achieving the Perfect Summer Glow.”

I use Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel ($3.29 at Target) for several things besides the obvious, which is keeping my skin soft & moisturized (locks in up to 10-times more moisture).  I’ve used it to take off my eye or lip makeup.  I’ve used it on my cuticles while giving myself an at-home manicure.

As my previous posts stated, J&J baby oil gel is best used immediately after bathing/showering, and when used with a lotion on-top.  Don’t use too much because a little goes a very long way.  This is a great product for people who love baby oil, but don’t like the runny mess it can create.  Since they sent the Baby Creamy Oil, I can use that instead of the regular lotion I was using.

I’ll let you guys know how I liked the Baby Creamy Oil after I’ve tried  it.

Tutorial: Spring is in the Air

April 2, 2010


Check out the other tutorials on my channel in the meantime (click here)

Eyes:
UDPP
NYX Jumbo E/P Milk
MAC Chrome Yellow E/S
NYX Azure Sky E/S
NYX Red Pink E/S
Dark Shimmery Purple E/S from 120 palette
White E/S from 120 palette
Bright Shimmery Yellow E/S from 120 palette
Red Cherry Eyelashes #100
MAC Mascara
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
NYX E/P in Purple
MAC Fix+

Face:
Eve Pearl Dual Salmon Concealer – Dark
Eve Pearl HD Foundation – Dark
MAC MSF NAtural – Dark

Cheeks:
MAC Dollymix Blush


Lips:
NYX Creme Rouge Blush -Orange
MAC Kumquat L/G

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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Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

March 30, 2010

This post was prompted by a request from a friend, and from when I did a consultation over the weekend.  I spoke about this briefly in an earlier posts titled, A Few basics…Enjoy! My client recently purchased a set of E.L.F makeup brushes, and brought them with her to her consultation this weekend because she wanted to learn what to use each brush for.  She came to the consultation ready to use the brushes, but, they were NOT washed! 


Washing your makeup brushes is an extremely important part of your makeup routine.  Her explanation for not washing them were that “They are new, and are covered.”  Yes, the brushes are new, but you don’t know if dye’s or anything else were used on the brushes, and washing them rids whatever dye that may be on the brushes off, as well as dust particles etc.


Cleaning your makeup brushes not only helps rid your brushes from bacteria, thus saving you from breakouts, it also helps to ensure proper makeup application; your brushes will not be contaminated with oils from your skin, skin cells, and old, oxidized makeup colors from prior makeup application.  Cleaning your makeup brushes regularly will save you money since by cleaning your brushes your brushes will last  longer.   Also, using dirty brushes in your makeup contaminates your makeup.  I would suggest investing in Beauty So Clean’s Cosmetic Sanitizer Mist. I purchased mine from Alcone Co.

How to clean your makeup brushes:
**Use luke warm water and baby shampoo if you do not have a brush cleaner.***

1. With the tip of your brush pointing downward, hold your brush under the running luke warm water. Be sure to not get the shaft of the brush wet (this will loosen the glue & your brush will come loose over time, & eventually fall out). Also, never leave your brushes soaking in water or cleaning solution – this will damage your brushes as well.

2. Apply a small amount of brush cleaner into the palm of your hand & GENTLY swirl the brush around.

3. After a lather has formed (see how much makeup comes out) rinse the brush off under the running, luke warm water (tip of the brush pointing downward) until the water runs clean. Repeat if necessary.

4. Gently squeeze excess water out (use a towel) & re-shape the brushes.

5. Lay the brushes flat on a clean towel (NEVER STAND THEM UP WHILE WET IT WILL DESTROY THE BRUSHES!)

 Repeat these steps at least once a week, especially if your brushes are being used on people other than yourself.  Bi-weekly cleaning is recommended for brushes used for personal use.
***Any brush used on a liquid cosmetic (lip gloss, lipstick, concealer, foundation) should be cleaned EVERYDAY***

For Daily Brush Cleansing, I recommend the following products:
1. Beauty So Clean Conditioning Brush Cleaner – Spray onto brush bristles, & wipe bristles on a tissue to remove makeup.  Price: $20 4.2oz bottle Alcone Co
2. Clinique Makeup Brush Cleaner – Spray on brush, wipe off with tissue. Let dry 1-2 Minutes. Price: $13 at Department Stores.
3. MAC Brush Cleanser – $11 MAC Cosmetics or Department Store Counter

This is what I use for regular cleaning.  I am almost done with this bottle & it’s discontinued .:sad face:. It makes my brushes so soft!
Nu Brush Professional Makeup Brush Cleaner & Conditioner Price: $19.99 Artistry
I have a youtube video explaining how to do this as well.  Check my youtube channel.

Do you clean your makeup brushes? If so, how often & what do you use?

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Makeover: Neutral Smokey Eye

March 29, 2010

I did a makeover yesterday, which included eyebrow grooming, full face (some contouring), and lash application.  She had a lot of redness on her face that I corrected and concealed.  I think it was due to a mask she did prior to visiting me.  Please, if you know you’re getting your makeup done, do your facials at least a week prior to just in case you have a reaction to the products used during your facial.  She also had dark under eye circles, that I concealed.

Before Pictures:


After correcting & concealing:

Finished Look:


Eyes:
MAC Fluidline BlackTrack
MAC Quite Natural Paint pot
MAC Amber Lights E/S
MAC Embark E/S
NYX Jumbo E/S Pencil in Black Bean
NYX Eyelashes EL 131
MAC Pigment in Shimmertime


Face:
MUFE Camouflage Concealer Palette No 5- Green & Orange Correctors
MUFE HD Invisible Foundation – 173
MUFE HD Microfinishing Powder
Ben Nye Banana Powder
MAC Format Blush

Cheeks:
MAC Dirty Plum Blush
MAC Sweet As Cocoa Blush
MAC Iridescent Loose Powder in Golden Bronze

Lips:
MAC Viva Glam Gaga L/S
MAC Spice L/P
MAC Kumquat L/G

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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