Saturday, 19 April 2014

Review | Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick

I haven't made too many forays into the world of high street lipsticks, but with the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks I'm pretty much in love.  I know liquid lipsticks are not exactly a new thing, but I can't imagine finding a formulation, whether it be high end or high street that I like as much as these.  Allow me to elaborate...

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick
The packaging?
I'll be honest, I love my high end products for their beautiful sleek packaging, so these are a bit of a departure for me.  I do like that you can see the colour of the product clearly and that the rest of the packaging matches said colour.  I also like the doe foot applicator; it feels soft on the lips and has a slight point so applies the colour well and with a reasonable amount of precision.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick

The formula?
Just wow!  These liquid lipsticks are initially really wet, giving you plenty of time to play with them and move them around before they set to a beautiful velvety matte finish.  One layer gives a sort of sheerer finish, whilst two and more give you really great opacity.  The wear on these things is amazing!  I'm not sure it's 24 hours like the advertising suggests, but the first time I wore one I applied it at 8am before work, and it was easily 3pm or 4pm before I felt I needed to re-apply.  Re-application doesn't result in any patchiness or flakiness like you might expect either, just beautiful opaque colour.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick
L-R Frambourjoise and Hot Pepper

The colours?
Whilst there are eight shades available I decided to just get two of these for now; Frambourjoise and Hot Pepper.  Frambourjoise is a bright berry / red that I've worn a couple of times for work (it's definitely a noticeable shade) and Hot Pepper, a really stunning bright orangey red that I think will look great with a tan.  Both shades go on and stay on equally well.

Would I repurchase?
Without a shadow of a doubt I would get these again, I've already got my eye on another two.  It was so hard to choose these two to begin with, especially as all of the ladies I was with at the time (on the bloggers holiday, post coming soon!) were all picking such great shades!  They're such a bargain anyway, at £8.99 each, I'm not sure I'll be able to resist next time I'm near a Bourjois stand in Boots or Superdrug.

Have you tried the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks?  Do you have any other favourite high street lipsticks?

Sharon x

Friday, 11 April 2014

The Wedding Series | Paper Themes Invitations

Today it's officially three months until I get married.  Can you believe it?  I know I barely can, it feels like something awfully grown up.

Anyway since the big day is not too far away I thought it was high time I started my wedding series, and what better way to kick if off than with a look at my invitations from Paper Themes.

Paper Themes Wedding Invitations

Paper Themes have been in the business of creating bespoke wedding invitations in their printworks in Yorkshire for over 100 years; they have a team of designers who work hard creating beautiful wedding invitations in a whole host of designs, so many so that I'm sure pretty much every bride would find a design they loved.  Paper Themes don't stop there either, as well as invitations they have introduced other wedding accessories such as decorations (my favourites are the bunting and table decorations) and even wedding favours and guest books.  Outside of the wonderful world of wedding, Paper Themes also produce other cards and stationery for all sorts of occasions.

Paper Themes Wedding Invitations

Finding your perfect invitation design on their site is really simple; everything is set out into easy to navigate categories and once you've chosen the theme you pick out the wording you want and fill in some text boxes with details of your wedding, e.g. names, dates, addresses etc.

Since Gaz and I are getting married in Gibraltar we chose to go for this quirky air mail style design and quite casual wording; the invitations arrived very well packaged, in a nice box, and with plenty of envelopes.  We got down to sending them pretty much as soon as they arrived and the feedback from family and friends has been overwhelmingly positive.  Of course I've kept a couple aside for myself as a keepsake.

Paper Themes Wedding Invitations

If you're getting married or want some other beautiful bespoke stationery I would wholeheartedly recommend Paper Themes, you can find them here:

I'd love to hear from you if you're getting married, are already married or have a wedding series on your blog.

Sharon x

*Invitations provided free of charge
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