Sugar Cubed – Salon Review.

Recently, I’ve been getting loads of compliments via social media regarding my hair. Growing up with ‘ginger’ hair was a bit of a stigma back in the school playground but now, I’m delighted I never took steps to colour it because it has become my crowning glory. When it comes to maintaining the healthy condition of my mane, I’ve been going to Sugar Cubed hair salon for years so when I popped in this week, I decided to document the experience for you all.

 

 Sugar Cubed, the sibling salon of well renowned Brown Sugar, is located just off Grafton Street. Amanda Darcy-Sloan is always my hairdresser of choice but really, she’s more of a hair wizard. Before Amanda took charge of my hair, I was unhappy with the length, texture and cut, regardless of the salon I visited. Now, I don’t even have to explain how I like my hair styled because I trust her judgement completely – she knows what suits me better than I know myself.
  
This weekend, I explained that my hair was feeling a little worse for wear. I hadn’t gotten it trimmed in months and the split ends were becoming more visible by the hour. My usually vibrant hair was dull and lacklustre – not exactly aspiring to my beauty blogging goals. Amanda took the time to listen to my concerns and recommended a conditioning treatment and the addition of new layers to give texture to my hair. We also decided to change the centre parting to a side one – something new for summer.

 

 Check out how healthy and glossy my hair looks after the cut! Amanda talked me through achieving a messy, ‘beach tousled’ blow dry and used an amazing product; ‘L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni-Art Beach Waves’ which can be purchased in the salon or online here at Lookfantastic.com.

  
What do you think of the new look? The best part is, my blow dry has lasted for two days so I got the entire weekend out of it – great for any party-goers out there. If you would like to know more about Sugar Cubed you can find their website here. I really recommend a visit and hope you love it as much as I do. 

Rouge x

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Cocoa Brown – Chocolate Whip Review.

Chocolate is cheaper than therapy, and you don’t need an appointment.

Last week, Kylie Jenner declared herself a fan of Irish beauty brand Cocoa Brown and launched the internet into tanning hysteria. So, we already know that the tan is one of the best (and my personal favourite) on the market but, what about Cocoa Brown’s ‘Chocolate Whip Oil-Free Body Moisturiser’? Some moisturising products react badly with false tan by breaking down the particles, causing it to fade unevenly from the skin. However, Marissa Carter claims her formula will “extend the life of your tan and ensure an even fade”.

First and foremost – the scent. Dear lord, I’ve died and gone to beauty heaven. This moisturiser smells exactly like sweet chocolate which is wonderfully luscious, unless you’re starving of course. This formula will make you smell good enough to eat so be cautious about slathering it on if you’re considering a visit to Coppers!

 

 The consistency of the formula is light-weight, smooth and it is slightly beige in colour. Due to the fact that it’s an ‘oil-free’ product, it absorbs quickly so there’s no sticky residue. ‘Chocolate Whip’ is not only hydrating but also nourishing for the skin because it contains ingredients such as Vitamin E and panthenol which are known to strengthen skin.

I’ve been using ‘Chocolate Whip’ as my daily moisturiser for approximately two weeks and have noticed a visible difference in my skin which is now softer and glowing. I also like to use the formula before and after applying false tan because it helps extend the life of the colour and allows the particles to break-down and fade evenly. I will definitely be re-purchasing.

Cocoa Brown By Marissa Carter Chocolate Whip Oil-Free Body Moisturiser (€4.99 for 200ml) is available in Penneys, Primark, Boots Ireland, Tesco Ireland, Heatons, Superdrug, pharmacies nationwide and online via Cloud10Beauty.com & FeelUnique.com.

Have you tried ‘Chocolate Whip’? If so, I’d love to hear your feedback!

Rouge x

Don’t Let Anyone With Bad Eyebrows Give You Life Advice – Touch and Glow Beauty Clinic.

Beauty experts worldwide have come to agree on the fact that brows are the frame to the face. And, you wouldn’t put a pretty picture in an ugly frame, now would you? Yesterday, I instagrammed a photo after getting my brows shaped and received quite a few queries regarding my chosen salon. So, here are the details.

touch and glow

My salon of choice is ‘Touch and Glow Beauty Clinic’ in Carrickmacross, Co.Monaghan. Founded by the lovely Charlene McMahon, ‘Touch and Glow’ is heaven for beauty lovers. They offer the most advanced treatments in the market ranging from the application of mink lashes to specialised skin treatments at surprisingly affordable prices. The ambience is sophisticated and relaxed, complemented by the scent of lemongrass floating throughout the salon.

This weekend, I visited ‘Touch and Glow’ for a treatment known as a ‘Brow Trio’. This involves the shaping and tinting of the brows along with the tinting of the eyelashes. My therapist, Patrice, took great care in listening to my requests and talked me through the process – the chit-chat provided a great distraction from the waxing element of the treatment. Delighted with the shape and colour of my brows, and no longer needing to layer mascara onto my lashes by the bucket load, I am one really happy customer. In this case, the proof is in the pudding/picture:

‘Touch and Glow’ also stock some fabulous beauty ranges from Dermalogica to Jane Iredale. So of course, I didn’t leave empty handed – reviews will follow as soon as I’ve had a chance to try the newbies in my collection.

For now, why not take a look at ‘Touch and Glow Beauty Clinic’s’ website and price list? You can find it here (there’s also a handy beauty tips section) :

http://touchandglowbeauty.com/

Let me know if you decide to visit!

Rouge x

The Gotham Cafe – Foodie Review.

If this blog isn’t making you gain weight, you’re not reading it properly. Today, we’re taking a trip to The Gotham Cafe on South Anne Street, Dublin. A hidden gem, located just off Grafton Street, this place is definitely worth the visit. You will be greeted with quirky, retro decor and a big welcome from the really friendly staff. The Gotham Cafe is bustling with shoppers, natives and tourists alike so it’s the perfect place for a break from reality.

gotham

Myself and my fabulous friend Tanya had the good fortune to visit The Gotham Cafe on a gloriously sunny day. Therefore, we sat outdoors to enjoy the buzzing ambience of the city. Opting for the lunch menu which is great value, I selected the “Chargrilled Herbed Chicken Ciabatta Sandwich” while Tanya had the “Chargrilled Steak Ciabatta Sandwich”. Both were equally flavoursome and delicious!

First up, we have the chicken sandwich. This treat  was layered on ciabatta, smothered in sweet chilli & basil crème fraîche and served with homemade fries and mixed salad. A minute on the lips, a lifetime on the hips but worth every second. The chicken was succulent, the dressing was tangy and full of flavour while the bread was fresh and crispy.

So, what about the steak sandwich? Personally, I’m not a huge fan of steak sandwiches – I always find that the steak is cut too thinly and usually overcooked. However, I had a little taste of Tanya’s dish at The Gotham Cafe and can vouch for the fact that it was nothing short of delicious! The sandwich was accompanied with garlic mayonnaise, rocket, tomato, relish and homemade fries. Thinly cut, yet cooked to perfection – the steak was of the ‘melt in mouth variety’ and like my own, the fries were crispy on the outside and perfectly fluffy on the inside.

All this food came in at under €20, so you won’t feel too guilty about treating yourself.

Let me know if you try it – I love hearing your feedback!

Rouge x

You Know My Lips Don’t Lie.

I know how much you all love a good multi-purpose product so this week when I received a sample of Dr. Paw Paw’s ‘Original Balm’, I couldn’t wait to review it. Make-up artists are raving about this formula which is comprised of olive oil, aloe vera oil and fermented papaya and I am delighted to say that it has lived up to the hype.

 

 Slightly thicker in texture than a regular lip balm, this product can be used for a multitude of beauty tricks. Personally, I’ve been using it as a lip balm, cuticle cream and as a facial moisturiser (particularly on dry patches such as the nose area). My skin is softer, smoother and my lips are chap-free. I work in an air-conditioned environment so dry skin is a huge problem for me during the summer – this balm has now become my rescue remedy.

Those of you going to festivals during the summer would get great use out of this compact, multi-functional balm. Dr. Paw Paw have recommended it as a make-up primer, hair smoother and even a brow tamer. Also, for all the mommy bloggers – I hear it works wonders on nappy rash.

Dr. Paw Paw is available in  Harvey Nicholas, Urban Outfitters and pharmacies nationwide. It retails at approximately €8.99 which is quite good value when you consider the multi-functional dimension of the balm. I’ve purchased another one from McCabes Pharmacy since my sample ran out and it can be found here:

http://www.mccabespharmacy.com/dr-pawpaw-original-balm-25ml.html

Rouge x

Lady In Red – Steal Kendall Jenner’s Style.

I spend a large majority of my free time keeping up with the Kardashians. In fact, my mother is starting to question whether these people of whom I speak so often are actually friends of mine. So, when photos of Kendall Jenner rocking this gorgeous red number were released, I knew I had to steal her style. Kendall’s dress is a Halston Heritage number and is expected to be released in their Fall 2015 line. However, it is also expected to retail at around the £500 mark, a little far beyond my student budget’s reach.

Kendall Jenner

Bargain hunters, behold – I have searched my favourite affordable clothing sites and discovered an almost identical look from Boohoo.com.

This vibrant red maxi dress retails at just €27, perfect for the purse strings. Sophisticated and sexy – you could dress this number up like Kendall with black heels and a waist defining belt or, you could go with a casual look by pairing it with gladiator sandals and a long necklace.

The dress is available here:

http://www.boohoo.com/europe/maxi-dresses/candice-side-split-slinky-maxi-dress/invt/azz51737

Be quick, it’s bound to sell out.

Rouge x

“I’m Tellin’ you that Science has Proved, that Heartaches are Healed by the Sea”.

Growing up, my fondest memories centre around family summers spent on the beach in County Donegal. Roaring ocean waves and the squidgy feeling of wet sand between your toes – that is my personal heaven. Unfortunately, now that I’m working full-time I rarely get to visit my old friend, the Atlantic Ocean. However, it would appear that Jo Malone understand my issue and have therefore taken my piece of paradise, bottled it and sold it back to me in the form of the most exquisite perfume I have ever purchased.

  
I have been searching for a signature scent for some time and when I read about Jo Malone’s “Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne”, I sauntered off to my local Brown Thomas to sample the scent. I was simply blown away by the customer service as the associate whom I spoke with took the time to talk me through some of Jo Malone’s most popular products. I was even treated to a complimentary hand massage which was divine.

Firstly – the packaging. Jo Malone products scream luxury and that is reflected in the cool, sophisticated nature of their packaging. They have incorporated a “Just Because” theme in their wrapping and packaging recently which highlights the fact that it need not be a special occasion – treat yourself or somebody else “just because” you feel like it. This is a sweet little touch, and I really appreciated it.

  
So, what about the scent? The “Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne” stole my heart in seconds. Upon application, I was transported to a windswept haven – I could almost taste the bitter sea water. I am sick to death of “tropical” beach scents and this perfume offers a beautiful alternative. I love the notes of sage which add a delicate woody fragrance. It’s a soothing scent, reminiscent of rugged cliffs. I can envisage this perfume being my favourite for years to come.

 

 Jo Malone “Wood Sage and Sea Salt” retails at €102 for 100ml and is available in Brown Thomas:

http://www.brownthomas.com/wood-sage+sea-salt/wood-sage+sea-salt-cologne-100ml/invt/81x1814xl415010000

Do you have your own signature scent? I’d love to know!

Rouge x