My HD Powder

If you guys follow me, you know I have always been on the search for a sheer HD-like powder to set my makeup.

The reason why I did not yet invest in an HD powder is because I have heard it leaves a grey-ish finish on medium complexions which I do not fancy.

Well I have my MAC Studio Fix powder to the rescue and it does work great to be honest, but I can't ignore the fact that it is colored and it will add some color (followed by cakiness!) to my face.

For me, foundation is enough on its own to even out the complexion and add color. A powder should only be used to mattify the makeup or 'set' the makeup from shifting.

Comes in Make Up Store's Micronized Compact Powder. Isn't the packaging so chic? The logo is embedded on the powder so beautifully too.

At first thought It looked a stark white color in the pan. On swatching it appears like a NC15-20 and I knew at first glace that this was not my color.

However when I blended the swatch on my hand, it melted into my skin completely and did not show a sign of color! Now that was surprising. If you see a colored powder, you obviously expect it to be colored right? But this baby is not!

No matter how many swatches of this I put on my hand, it ends up looking translucent and that's the beauty of it. It's like a HD powder but pressed. Isn't that great? A refreshing change from those powder dispensers eh.

It sets makeup perfectly and it does not shift during the day. It does not change the color of the foundation I am wearing but instead brightens my face. I use this liberally even under my eyes but it is so finely milled that it does not cake even slightly.

However, it does not give me a completely matte look too. It has a satin finish to it, which all the dewy-skin fans will adore. It is quite powdery in the pan itself, as in when you swirl your brush you will come across quite a bit of powder in the pan. That said, it is not powdery on the face, it is just not well pressed in the pan.

It comes with a full sized mirror on the lid which is great for touch ups. They make this powder in various other colors. It is translucent but the shade I have will definitely leave a grey-ish tint on someone who's say NC45 right? Hence the different shades. I got sent the one in Beige, which seems perfect for my NC30 skin tone.

This retails for 21.50 GBP and is justifiable for the quality in my opinion.

p.s. The sister with oily-acne prone skin says this sets her makeup better than Studio fix!



EOTD: Blackcurrant Squash

Products Used

- UDPP for base
- Ocean Mist Cosmetics Mineral Eyeshadow in Eva all over the lid
- NYX Chrome Eyeshadow in Sunny Day in the crease and slightly blended upwards
- MAC Sketch Eyeshadow in the outer corner blended inwards
- MAC Jest Eyeshadow in the inner corner of the eyes
- NYX Nude Eyeshadow on the brow bone
- Clarins Waterproof Eye pencil in Bronze to line the upper and the lower lash line
- Clinique High Lengths Mascara

Don't you just love that Clarins Bronze Eye Pencil? It is such a change from the usual blacks and browns. Perfect for daytime yet so glamorous in my opinion. Plus it is waterproof and does not budge for the whole day. They do a turquoise and a purple in this too. Worth a look for sure.

I am also loving Clinique's High Lengths Mascara. It has a funky super-slim curved wand and does a great job at curling and lifting the lashes. Gives quite a bit of length too and does not clump easily. Great fuss-free everyday mascara. Reminds me of Maybelline's Full and Soft quite a bit!

The gorgeous Su-pah sent me the Clarins Eye Pencil when I purchased from her blog sale. She surely deserves more followers. Check her out if you love massive haul posts :D


Smoothen out those locks

I love hair serums and balms and use them generously both before and after drying my hair. I have dry, slightly frizzy hair and I haven't been using any heat on them since a few months.

I let them dry naturally and leave them as they are. I may look slightly untidy to people with my ungroomed wavy-beach hair but I don't care, as long as my hair grows with the heat ban in place :)

So far, so good! My hair does look slightly longer to me but it's not growing at the pace I would like it too. Any miracle growth products you guys know of?

Anyhow, in this process I tend to overuse serums and balms to keep my hair looking less wild and more nourished. I was using the Loreal Re-Nutrition Leave in Serum before and it worked pretty good really but after I while I realized it had a nasty smell to it, had to go in the bin.

In the meanwhile, I was introduced to the Neal & Wolf Smoothing Blow-dry Balm. First of all, this baby smells divine! I can't explain the scent to you but its like an expensive perfume or a perfumed hand cream - basically delicious. This is a major upside to the product, as who would not want their hair to smell this good eh?

I like to apply two squirts of this products and massage it especially on the lower section of the hair where it seems to be dry the most. It does calm my hair and makes it frizz free for sure.

It contains wheat protein which is supposed to provide 'moisture, balance and manageability' and I believe it does its work well. I can feel it making my hair much more softer and the ends immediately appear less brittle.

This 200ml bottle retails for £11.95 which is pretty reasonable in my opinion. It has a pump dispenser which helps the product last a lot longer. I tend to use only one or two hair products at a time so I would not mind forking out the money on good quality products and would repurchase this for sure.

You want to rely on hair products like these more in the summer and skip heat tools completely.

They have a lovely range of hair products, check them out here.

I was sent this product for consideration but that does affect my review by any means.