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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 Blushers, Daniel Sandler, Eye pencils/eye liners, Eyeshadows, Eylure, Foundation, Hourglass, Illamasqua, Lipsticks, Make-Up, Primer, The Body Shop

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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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