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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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Tart(e)ing Up

Mar
2014
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posted by on Blushers, Eyeshadows, Lipsticks, Mascaras, QVC, Tarte Cosmetics, Tried & Tested

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A couple of days ago, I posted on the arrival of Tarte to British shores via the vessel that is QVC. Now I’ve had a play with the make-up.

I used the Sultry Sunset palette, mascara, Amazonian butter lipstick in Rose and the pink coral hue of the Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in Fearless. Foundation and gel eyeliner were non-Tarte choices.

The make-up was applied at 10:30am (yes, I remember the approximate time) and these photos were taken around 7:30pm on the same day. I didn’t reach for a touch-up on the eyeshadows and blusher at all so what you see is how the make-up looks after nine hours wear.

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The eyeshadows have held up amazingly with no major creasing. I used a primer (Urban Decay’s Primer Potion) and NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk to help bring out the colours of the eyeshadows. I’ve discovered first-hand how some really big brands’ eyeshadows have failed miserably with a primer after a few hours, so Tarte gets a massive tick mark for passing the crease-resistance test.

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They are very soft, powdery eyeshadows, easy to pack on with no fall-out and although some of the shades are not what I would normally go for, they are very flattering.

I used Exotic Guava all over the lids, Wild Orchid in the crease and Twilight Plum in the outer corners before highlighting with Golden Skies.

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Fearless is a new shade for spring but it isn’t very pigmented. I had to layer and buff it a few times to get to a tone of colour I was satisfied with. Even then it is still very soft – no chance of looking like aunt Sally then. Having said that, the blusher didn’t budge and remained as even as it was first applied. I’ve read that previous Amazonian clay blushers had a stronger pigmentation and I am curious to try them.

Moving onto the lipstick, I found it to be very moisturising. It’s not a sticky feeling like lipgloss and its scent is minty. I love this colour as it looks so natural on me yet has a hint of colour that’s creamy and light on the lips. I’ve not tried the other two lipsticks, which I am guessing won’t look as convincing on me as Rose does. I also find the eco-friendly cardboard lipstick case is wonderful – light in weight yet solid to grip.

The all-singing all dancing mascara which is housed in a very unusual casing claims to lift, curl and condition the lashes. Don’t expect bambi-esque lashes, again the emphasis is on natural beauty but the wand separates the lashes and there is no clumping.

I’m not usually one for barely there make-up but my opinion has shifted towards curiosity with Tarte. I really like the eyeshadows and the blusher for a natural, daytime look, and to a certain extent the lipsticks. The mascara is one I would not miss personally in an over-saturated market. I am intrigued, however, to try the foundation and will watching QVC attentively on 28th March when Tarte launches on the channel.

What are you looking forward to the most from Tarte?

*PR samples

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posted by on Blushers, Concealer, Eyeshadows, Foundation, How To..., Illamasqua, Lipsticks, Make-Up, Mascaras, Primer, YouTube video

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Illamasqua has a YouTube channel and lately it’s been featuring some fun and easy make-up tutorials courtesy of the efforts of Rose. I really enjoyed watching the Bat Woman Inspired Halloween Make-Up look, which uses the risky colour of red as the main theme.

Realising the shame that I possess every product Rose uses in this tutorial (bar the new bat lashes which I want for no valid reason), I thought I would have a crack at attempting to recreate Rose’s look. It needs some work on my part but for a practice run, I’m glad it didn’t turn out to be shockingly terrible plus it’s reignited my affair with Pure Pigment Berber. (Apologies for the wonky liner!)

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I have altered it slightly (no bat lashes for a start, just my own) by using Illamasqua’s Precision Gel Liner as well (which I’m growing to love) and the duo blusher in Beg and Bronzerella with the fantastic Blush Up Brush.

Thank you, Rose for a top video and for kick starting some inspiration with wearing some bold colours. I will be reaching for Berber more frequently.

The question that now remains is, do you dare to wear red?

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