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Weddings are fun but big fat Asian weddings are something else - bold, bright and larger than life. I make no apologies for being bias here – Asian weddings blow other nuptials out of the water. Outfits are colourful and sparkly and make-up and hair is on the point.

This Easter I saw my friend tie the knot and it was a privilege to be part of the momentous occasion. Good food, cake and everyone – and I mean everyone (aunties and uncles the most!) – was on the dance floor before the main course had been served.

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I bought my dress from a designer called Aamir Baig in Karachi, which I absolutely love. I was a tad nervous about what to do with my make-up because it had to compliment the outfit and that meant bold eyes and lips. I was worried that with one false move I would look like a tranny.

My beloved Hourglass liquid lipstick Icon served as the perfect red shade. Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Fluid Blusher in Glamour added a flush of colour to the cheeks and Illamasqua’s Gleam in Aurora acted as a highlighter. For the base, I went for Illamasqua’s Skin Base in No12 in partnership with Hydra Veil.

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For the eyes I blended Avon’s Supershock Gel Eyeliner in black along the lash line and outer corners, Illamasqua’s Precision Gel Liner in Infinity on the lash line, Inglot’s Eyeliner Gel in gold (No 95) as a base on the lids and packed the Body Shop’s Colour Crush eyeshadow in Gorgeous Gold on top with the dark brown shade from Daniel Sandler’s Beyond Sunset quad blended in the crease. I also added a tiny bit of Illamasqua’s Liquid Metal in Surge in the inner corners.

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Finally I finished off with Eylure Naturalites lashes (No 161). I can only apologise as one seems to be making a break for freedom in the picture below. Do forgive me, this was taken at the end of the evening after nine hours wear and a drive back from Southampton to London:

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The sad thing is I don’t get to play around with make-up and bold looks as much as I used. This wedding injected some fun back into what make-up should be about and I have realised I must make more time for it. Who knows, I might share some more looks on the blog…

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A few weeks ago I was hovering by L’Oréal’s stand in Boots, mainly because I wanted to try the Manga mascara in turquoise. My eye then caught their stock of foundations. In abundance.

Truthfully I have forgotten the last time I bought foundation from the high street (or “drug store” as some of the English bloggers having an identity crisis insist on calling), so I was left bamboozled at the various types L’Oréal alone offers. I’m sure I counted at least five types. Effort!

The hardest issue I have to deal with is a match for my Asian brown skin. Swatching on the back of your hand is not a reliable colour-match method and there is major doubt on the hygiene levels of the testers, so it is always a gamble to buy a whole bottle. There must be a landfill somewhere just full of discarded foundation bottles two-thirds full…

I have tried the much talked about L’Eau De Teint from L’Oréal but the darkest shade Sand is too dark and the next shade up is dipping into pinkish tones when I’m yellow.

Any way as I fleeted between L’Oréal’s various foundations, I kept returning to True Match. After several swatches and confident Honey was the ‘true match’ for me, I was on my merry way. I was won over by the claim that 96% were satisfied this foundation was a true match for their skin tones and also with such a wide selection of shades available, I figured I stood a better chance.

Well I am pleased Honey is a spot-on match. I’m usually a NC42 in MAC, 12 in Illamasqua’s Skin Base, F300 in EX1 Cosmetics and coincidentally also Honey in EVE LOM’s new foundation and tinted moisturiser (reviews of those coming soon).

Firstly I am fond of the shape and design of the bottle. Dispensing from a pump and light enough to stick in my make-up bag are a couple more plus points. Secondly, it applies and blends seamlessly, leaving a soft, matte finish. I apply the foundation at 8am and by the end of the working day, it’s not screaming for a touch-up. True Match is something I have been both surprised and impressed with, and consider it an ideal everyday foundation.

Here’s how it looks on me. (I am extremely tired so don’t concentrate on the bags under the eyes. Gracias!)

lorealtruematchhoneyAt £9.99 for 30g it costs substantially less than my favourite (Skin Base at £27) and best of all, is a true match to my skin tone. That’s a pretty good deal in my books. Have you given True Match a whirl? Let me know what you think!

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If there’s one name that has sent ripples across the pond thanks to the current of social media, it’s Tarte. The eco-friendly and cruelty-free American beauty range inspired by founder Maureen Kelly’s visit to the Rainforest, has picked up sterling reviews particularly for their long-wearing and pigmented Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushers, infused with Amazonian clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun.

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Last year, QVC announced they would be exclusively selling Tarte in the UK and that day is finally upon us – 28th March (mark that in your diaries).

The range of products Tarte is introducing to the UK are:

  • Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation (£27.36)
  • Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation with Brush (£27.34)
  • Tarte BB Perfecting Liquid Foundation (£29.50)
  • a trio of Amazonian Clay Butter Lipsticks (£20)
  • Sultry Sunset Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector’s Palette (£24)
  • Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse (£16.20)
  • Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner with Double-Ended Brush (£18.50)
  • 4-in-1 Mascara – lengthens, curls, volumises and conditions (£14.40)
  • Maracuja Oil for the face (£29.16)
  • Maracuja C-brighter Eye Treatment (£25)
  • Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushers (£26.50)
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Sultry Sunset Amazonian Clay 8-Shadow Collector’s Palette

Price wise, the majority of the products are very reasonably marked. It’s just the famous blusher which costs slightly more above my expectations (and not far behind the cost of the foundations, usually the most expensive item in a make-up range.) I guess when I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it, it’s going to be worth every penny.

In a highly saturated market, it must feel impossible to stand head and shoulders above the rest but I sense Tarte Cosmetics will have not trouble staying above water. Tarte, the UK welcomes you with open arms – you might get a squeeze too.

Tune into the home shopping channel on the 28th at 2pm and 6pm or browse online at www.qvcuk.com and grab yourself the much sought-after blushers before they sell out because they *will* sell out.

*PR samples

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