Get your bronzers, bright lipsticks, and highlighters out! It's Spring and it is time to let you know what my favorites have been this month. I am so excited about sharing my favorites with you all every month. It'll be a mix of products that I personally love for myself and what I love using on my clients. Let me know if any of my favorites match yours that month or if you decide to go out and try it yourself.
This is one true gem. I swatched it for my Snapchat (KIMJLUV) and was like "Whoaaaaa!" I'm keeping this one for myself and going to buy another for my kit. Lol! This palette has a highlighter "Opal" which BTW is literally for all skin tones. I have the individual and use it on clients all the time. It also has a pretty mineral blush in "Apricot Blossom" and my favorite, the bronzer, "Ipanema Sunset". It is soooo hard to find a shade that doesn't make you look orange. I have a neutral undertone so I can't go with shades that have a undertone that is too orange or too pinky. "Ipanema Sunset" warms up your complexion and gives you a sun-kissed look without over doing it. This is the perfect trio for summer! (Available on Ulta.com for $34.00)
Skincare! One of my favorite things about the beauty world. I want to make sure that I have the best canvas I can get before applying any makeup. The key to flawless skin is a good skincare routine and of course water! I am acne prone and have very sensitive skin but I love trying new skincare products. I have been using the Dermalogica brand for a while now. I love their "Pre-Cleanse". It takes off any and all waterproof makeup. Superfoliant is a powder formula that activates upon contact with water. Once you get a creamy paste you massage it onto the skin to exfoliate. This leaves your skin feeling soooo smooth afterwards. Don't forget to moisturize afterwards. (Available on Dermalogica.Com for $58.00 2.0 oz)
This product in particular is in my makeup kit. I love having the option of darkening or brightening my clients lower lash line. Yes, it's all about the details when doing makeup. Even that lower lash line! We all have those clients that will water up as soon as they hear the words "look up" so you can get that lash line. This pencil helps so much and makes application so easy. It glides like butter on the lash line with its creamy texture and best of all, it doesn't smudge. This is a great dual pencil to have! (Available on Sephora.Com for $22.00)
In September, I won a contest at "The Makeup Show Dallas" and was given a huge swag bag. This primer was one of the products in it. I started using it last month! I am all about prepping the skin and getting it nice and plump for the makeup application. This primer boosts your skin's moisture while creating a perfect canvas for foundation. It absorbs quickly and doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy or overly moisturized.
It also fills in those pesky fine lines (ugh! I'm seeing them more and more every year!) and diminishes the appearance of pores! You definitely must try.
(Available on https://camerareadycosmetics.com/#oid12345_1234 for $39.99)
I love everything Melanie Mills Hollywood! So you can't go wrong with any of her products but I have been reaching for my "Peach Deluxe" in particular this month. I don't do a whole full face of makeup everyday nor do I want to honestly,lol! But I do love having refreshed, glowy looking skin. This makes your skin look like velvet, enhances your natural skin tone and evens it out. This line all together is a must. For yourself personally and for your makeup kit.
(Available on MelanieMillsHollywood.Com for $40.00 Code: KIMJLUV will get you 20% off)
I know we are all on this liquid lipstick phase still! Let's face it, they are amazing! Of course it just depends on the formula though. Some just cling to your lips for dear life and can be so uncomfortable. This MUG formula is lovely because it's a mousse-like texture and dries matte. It is so comfortable and you can move your lips without feeling like it's gonna crack. It almost resembles the NYX formula but this has way more pigment.(Available on MakeupGeekCosmetics.Com)
I'm always circulating foundations for myself. I'll use a high end brand one month and I'll use a drugstore brand the next. Hell, they're almost the same dang price now! Lol. My face is oily and has a little redness to it. I also have a neutral undertone. I use a flat kabuki brush from Morphe to put this foundation on. I have been doting it on my face and just "stamping" it into my skin. This foundation leaves a flawless and dewy finish. The liquid is thin, so I like that it doesn't sit heavily on top of my face. The lasting power of this I would say about 5 hours before you start seeing little break up of the foundation. (Available on Ulta.Com for $15.99)
Want a nice, subtle glow!? This is it! I normally love my highlight to be seen from Mars *Hehehe but this with that Melainie Mills Hollywood x Sondjra Deluxe Body radiance is the perfect pair! There is a pink-gold tone shade and a straight gold shade. (Available on Sephora.Com for $39.00)
I have been using Ring Lights for so long. To take my selfies for IG, I travel with them for clients Pictures and to have great lighting. I was introduced to "TML" at the Makeup Show Dallas. I thought it was going to give me the same lighting as a normal ring light. Well, it actually gave me Natural Day Light lighting. There is such a huge difference in "TML" and a Ring Light. As far as the physical side, Ring lights can get bulky to travel with. I have broken mine taken it off and on the stand so many times the screw on it stripped completely. The lighting of "TML" is great for client work and traveling. It is so Light! And so compact. This gives off the most beautiful light as if you are already standing outside. So it makes it easier when your doing your clients makeup to accurately match foundation and to see the overall face in real lighting. It is super pricey, so I did save up my coins for this one, lol! (Available online at TheMakeupLight.Com)
I'm such a sucker for neutral, warm and shimmery shades! This is all that in one. Half of the shade are Matte and the other half is shimmers. They have the most beautiful browns and mauve shades. The shimmers are beautiful gold and Bronzey shades. All are very pigmented (Available online on MorpheBrushes.Com Code: KIMJLUV will get you 10% off)