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posted by on Bourjois, Lipsticks, Make-Up

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If you’ve not caught the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte bug, then all I can ask is why the hell not?

The matte lip colours released a few months back are nothing short of fantastic. In fact they are a dream come true. Bold shades with matte finish and long-lasting colour that do not crack or peel in the slightest. They are unbelievably light on the lips with a velvety texture and non-drying formula and they don’t smudge either.

Grand Cru* (a dark burgundy red with pink undertones) and Nude-ist* (a rosewood, naturally looking nude) are two ‘new’ shades for the summer. Actually they aren’t completely new as they were both available exclusively at online retailer Very.co.uk but now they have been reunited with the Rouge Edition Velvet Matte family making it an even eight shades collectively.

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I want to draw your attention to Grand Cru. You know me, I am a wreck when I’m presented with a crimson red lip colour and Grand Cru ignites that familiar feeling within me (no, not that). Some of the other shades require layering for optimum colour but Grand Cru rolls deep – just the way I like it.

(This picture was taken on my phone – the mess behind adds to the effect of a spontaneous shot taken for the blog.)

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In one coat it’s deliciously bold. The wonderful thing with these matte lip colours are they are buildable without drying or flaking during application. I also don’t bother with a lip liner – there’s no feathering with this baby. Grand Cru definitely turned a few heads when I was out on my grocery food shopping adventures in the day and stayed on my lips till 1 in the morning.

Do you know something else? Grand Cru is a deadly dupe for Hourglass’s Icon (my favourite red!) except it will only set you back £8.99 to Icon’s £21 price tag.

I will always love Bourjois for bridging the gap between high-end quality and high street, and for bringing cat-walk trends down to earth. These new releases push them further up the scale.

The Rouge Edition Velvet lip colours are available from Boots and Superdrug stores nationwide and online.

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posted by on Bourjois, Eve Lom, Fashion, Illamasqua, Primark

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It’s apparent from my awkward stance that I am not a born fashion model/blogger. I’m too old for this shizz – you kids know how to do this malarkey without looking like a total pleb.

But a couple of weeks ago I bought a maxi dress and at the weekend I had the chance to finally wear it. I got in my car and cruised around in it with the top down (the car’s, not mine)…to the petrol station. (Actually I had to eventually turn back and go home but that’s another story.) Any way! It’s a fabulous find from Primark’s spring/summer 2014 collection at only £13 and it makes me think of Brazil with the football world cup carnival coming up.

I was half unsure when trying it on in the changing room but at less than 15 quid, I figured I couldn’t go wrong. In the worst case scenario, I could wear it indoors or in front of a family relation (because it’s such a modest outfit that surely there would be no reason to complain about unnecessary exposure of skin. Ahem!)

Thankfully I am in love with it. Yellow is one of my favourite bright colours to wear and the dress covers up the lumps and bumps without making me look like I’ve draped myself with a tent. The belt it comes with is OK though I will probably replace it with one of my own.

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To add the finishing touch, Bourjois’ new Rouge Velvet Edition lipstick in Pink Pong (£8.99) sealed the deal. I love the intense fuchsia pink colour and for a matte finish lipstick, it does not peel or dry.

The rest of the make-up is very minimal for a scorching day. I wore Eve Lom‘s Radiance Perfected Tinted Moisturiser with SPF15 in Honey (£48) and dabbed on Illamasqua’s Cream Blusher in Laid.

Dress – Primark

Necklace – Primark

Wedges – New Look

Sunglasses – Prada

Hope you feel inspired to reach for some vibrant colours. Let me know what you think!

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