The Power of Lipstick – Givenchy Rouge Interdit

If you read my blog and follow me on social media then you will know that I am a fan of wearing a red lip.  It isn’t something I do regularly, for me, a red lip is something that is saved for a special occasion or to express a certain feeling you may have such as love or desire.  It is a statement that a woman can utilise to make her mark on an event or occasion so that she will be remembered by this one simple yet bold thing such as red lipstick.  A brand who understand the importance of making a statement this strong is Givenchy who have just unveiled their Rouge Interdit lip collection comprising of 24 shades ranging from subtle nude colours to the boldest reds and purples you can imagine.  This new collection made up of high impact colour is the perfect addition to Givenchy’s already exquisite collection of beauty products and is a must have in the make up bag of any lipstick lover - pretty much every female I know!  After receiving the collection I selected a few of my favourites which I have described in further detail below.


Secret Nude 01:  My go-to shade on most days is a nude coloured lipstick and this one provides a gorgeous subtle pinky nude colour to the lips whilst the moisturising ingredient of black rose oil almost allows it to double up as a lip balm.  This lip colour will be a perfect daytime colour as it is so natural whilst still obvious enough to be noticed.

Purple Fiction 07: If you like wearing bold lip colours then this one is for you.  This deep purple shade is the lipstick you reach for when you’re wearing a minimalistic outfit and still want to make a statement.  I love how unique a purple lip can make you not only look but also feel as you are sure to draw attention.  I would wear this in a make up look where I am wearing just liquid liner and no eye shadow as to not distract too much from the lips.

Orange Underground 11: In all honesty I have never opted for an orange toned lip colour, however the terracotta tones of this lipstick have made me change my idea of what an orange lipstick looks like.  It has earthy tones and is more red/brown/orange than tangerine orange which is what always springs to my mind when thinking of ‘orange lipstick’.  Autumn may be gone for a while but this is going to stay in my make up bag and could be a great choice of lip colour for a summer festival.  It is an intriguing lipstick without being too bold if you’re looking for something to wear all day long.

Rouge Interdit 13:  It was only right that I spoke about the colour that kicked off this entire collaboration with Givenchy.  One simple coat of this lipstick (and 30,000 Instagram likes later!) I am writing exactly what this lip colour does for me and basically giving you my secret to the perfect red lip.  So take this information and treat it like it’s your child - it’s so precious!  I have experimented with several shades of red but trust me there is never just one shade of red to suit all (hence why there are several in the Rouge Interdit collection!).  For me, this shade is everything I have always looked for in a red lipstick.  It is dynamic but not too forceful in any way.  Powerful but not intimidating and friendly but not too familiar - a woman who wants to have a good time but also knows herself and wants to radiate confidence without having to prove anything to anyone.  I feel all of these things when wearing this lipstick - as well as it feeling amazing on my lips and not dry at all (double win!)

Addicted to Rose 18: This pretty dusty pink is perfect for those ultimate girly days. It could be lunch with friends or even a date with  special someone but to me it expresses femininity and elegance.  It is highly pigmented and wears slightly brighter than what it appears but I can’t wait to wear this in Spring when my wardrobe choices consist of lighter fabrics and the days seem so much more care free!  Everything is just better when the sun is shining and that is exactly when I will be wearing this lipstick!

Although my list of ‘needs’ within a lipstick aren’t too extreme there are definitely certain factors that I think myself along with most of us look for when looking to buy a new lip colour.  Firstly, does it suit my skin?  In this post I am wearing shade number 13 - Rouge Interdit.  However, as mentioned previously,  this isn’t the only shade of red in the collection.  The variety between orangey red to true bold red shows that Givenchy really do take into consideration various skin tones and preferences, something which I feel applies to their entire make up collection, (some of which I am also wearing in this post).  Secondly, ease of application.  I think I speak for all of us when I say that I have had far too many experiences of trying to apply a lipstick that is clearly so dry I have to use extreme force just to apply it or alternatively, something with barely any pigment that I am constantly re applying as it lasts all of 5 minutes.  Both of which are not applicable to the Rouge Interdit collection.  It is all due to the chemistry behind the lipstick which involves black rose oil amongst it’s ingredients. 

Not surprisingly, black rose oil is a really rare ingredient, so rare in fact that only Givenchy have used it in their lip make up products and provides the ultimate moisturising agent.  It also claims to stimulate lipid synthesis to help lips stay hydrated and remain comfortable whilst wearing the lipstick.  So when people say ‘as soft as a petal’ you can basically experience it for yourself with the oils in these lip sticks. Finally, when I am looking to purchase a new lipstick I want to know that it looks the part.  Yes it is ultimately what is inside that counts (that saying applies to lipstick and people alike!) but the outer packaging is just as important, lipstick is something that other ladies will see in the bathroom of the restaurant, or will perhaps take pride of place on your dressing table so it’s design is so important.  The sleek black packaging of the Rouge Interdit collection is genuinely like no other I have seen before.  It is understated in black lacquer yet has such intricate ribbon detailing which catches the eye and really resonates with the ‘Givenchy woman’ elegant yet sensual.

The entire Givenchy Rouge Interdit collection is available now in selected stockists.

GIVEAWAY!  You could be in with the chance of winning a beauty hamper worth £300 and it is so easy to enter!  All you have to do is take your own #IWasHere photo, you can do this by using your lip marks, or by taking a photo in front of one of the graffiti #IWasHere, which will be found in London, Manchester and Birmingham, and upload it to Instagram or Facebook, tagging me and using the hashtags #RougeInterdit and #IWasHere_TheGame.  The competition is open from 9-16th February 2017, after which I will select one winner at random.  You MUST be over18 to enter and you MUST live in the UK.  Full Terms and Conditions below.  Look out for a tutorial on this make up look coming to my YouTube channel this Sunday at 6pm and make sure you’ve subscribed so you don’t miss it.  

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This post was kindly sponsored by Givenchy.


Terms and Conditions

This promotion is open to all those aged 18 or over resident in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland Promotional Period: The entry period for the Competition commences Thursday 9th February 2017 at 9am GMT to Thursday 16th February 2017 at 23.59pm.  The Participant is allowed only one posting per person, and there will be a total of 4 winners.  No purchase necessary; however internet access and a valid Instagram account are required.

To Enter:

To participate, the Participant must enter the Competition via their own valid Instagram account.  Participants must take a picture of their lip marks or of the graffiti (graffiti will be available only in London, Manchester and Birmingham) and tag one of the influencers/retailers promoting the competition. The influencer/retailer needs to be tagged in the picture and the two hashtags #RougeInterdit and #IWasHere_TheGame needs to be added to the post.  The four winners will receive each a beauty hamper worth over £300.  Prizes are non-transferable, non-refundable and there is no cash alternative

Entries will be deemed invalid if they:

a) contain defamatory, malicious, indecent or other inappropriate content;

b) refer to brands other than those of the Promoter;

c) include trademarks, logos or copyrighted material not owned by you or used without the right holder’s prior written permission (including famous names, company names etc);

d) include the names, likenesses, photographs, videos or similar of any individual without their express permission

e) represent a danger to health and safety; and

f) include any link to inappropriate drinking.

Each winner will be chosen by the influencer/retailer

Winner notification: The winners will be notified by being tagged in the influencer/retailer post

Winners will be required to respond to confirm eligibility plus acceptance of the prize within 7 days of initial contact. In the event a winner does not respond to communications within the 7 days of initial contact, the Promoter will close this event without providing prize to winner.  Prizes will be delivered within 28 days of prize acceptance and delivery address confirmation.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. All Participants are responsible for any costs or expenses incurred by them as a result of participation in the Competition (including without accessing the Internet). Costs to enter the Competition via the Internet may vary so please check with your local service provider for current charges.  The Promoter cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury suffered by any participant entering the competition.  By entering this promotion, all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by the terms and conditions.