Keep Your Toesies Cosy (AW15 Boot Style).

Ok, ok, so I know that everyone is mourning the death of summer at the moment. Although, those of us living in Ireland will know that there wasn’t much ‘summer’ to begin with – blame it on the weatherman. I will be the first to admit – I am not totally equipped for warm weather. I’m ginger and pale and pastel colours are my enemy so excuse me if I don’t cry with the rest of you. Autumn/Winter is my glory season – cosy knits, rustic colours and toasty boots – that’s where it is at my friends. So without further ado, let us bask in the wonderfulness of these AW15 footwear picks.

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€89.95 from Zara.

I spotted these babies last week in my local Zara store, but unfortunately they were sold out of my size. Over-the-knee boots are really on trend at the moment and these tan coloured ones are just gorgeous. They have a lace detail at the back reminiscent of a cowboy casanova – you can find more images here.

€85 River Island

€85 from River Island.

When Zara didn’t have my size in stock, I ventured to River Island in the hope that they would have the perfect over-the-knee option for me and I wasn’t disappointed. I purchased these grey ‘faux suede’ boots and absolutely love them. They’re really comfy, regardless of the high heel so I imagine I will be getting quite a bit of wear out of them over the coming months. Can’t wait to pair them with a little black dress for nights out over the holiday season. Yes, I just made a reference to Christmas – forgive me?

£165 at House of Fraser.

£165 from Carvela at House of Fraser.

If thigh-high boots are a little to adventureous for you and scream Julia Roberts in ‘Pretty Woman’, perhaps take a peek at these ankle boots by Carvela from House of Fraser. Yes, they’re pretty pricey at £165 but, in my experience Carvela boots wear really well and last for years. An investment piece, you say? I love the ‘Chelsea’ style of these boots and would pair them with everything from skirts/shorts with thick wolly tights to a chic pair of skinny jeans.

€39.95 from Zara.

€39.95 from Zara.

Looking for something on the more affordable side of the spectrum? I love these booties from Zara, which are available in both burgundy and navy blue. At just €39.95, they’re also a bargain.

€15 from Penneys/Primark.

€15 from Penneys/Primark.

Technically not boots, yet I couldn’t resist adding this bargain into my post. When Tara O’Farrell of Tara Makeup shared a picture of these trainers on Snapchat, I couldn’t resist popping into Penneys to get a pair. At €15, they’re an absolute steal and are really comfy for those of us who are always on the run. Thanks for the tip Tara!

What do you think of all the styles? Are you a fan of over-the-knee, ankle boots or trainers? I’m in love with all three.

Rouge x

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Lancome Grandiose Mascara.

As a beauty blogger, it’s not often that I come across a ‘Holy Grail’ product. For weeks now, I’ve been avoiding the allure of high-end mascara in the hope of finding a trustworthy ‘bargain buy’, but I’m sorry – I just can’t locate one. As a redhead, I have naturally invisible lashes so I need something show-stopping. I need volume, curl and length – is that too much to ask?


Apparently Lancome doesn’t think so. Meet my new best friend, ‘Grandiose’ mascara. This baby is just beautiful! With it’s “swan neck” wand it grabs lashes from the root, fanning them out, whilst creating divine volume. It is also pretty moisturising which is great if your lashes are in bad condition.

My pet peeve regarding mascara is that I seem to have an inability to coat my lower lashes without creating smudge similar to that made famous by Marilyn Manson. However, the ‘Grandiose’ wand simplifies the process (although it does take a little practice).

I have simply been wriggling the wand from root to tip (two coats) to create the illusion of full and even lashes. Be careful though, if you don’t ‘wriggle’, you will end up with clumpy lashes!

You’d like to see the proof for yourself you say? Well here you go:

Pretty impressive, huh? I know I won’t be letting this beauty escape from my make-up bag!

‘Grandiose’ retails at €30 which is very expensive but every now and then, you’re entitled to “treat yo self” – yes, I went there! I picked mine up in Arnotts, if you want to pop over to their website for more details.

What do you think? Would you be willing to spend €30 of your hard-earned cash on a ‘Holy Grail’ product?

Rouge x

Fab Fillies – Review.

Special occasions often prove difficult to prepare for. As a lover of the casual ‘jeans and tee’ look, I always struggle with accessorising and coordinating for glam affairs such as the races and weddings. We won’t even talk about the throwback that was my ‘Debs’. So, when a friend of mine spoke fondly of her visit to ‘Fab Fillies’, a Co.Cork based boutique specialising in accessories for special occasions, I was more than intrigued. Cue, stealing her purchases and trawling the internet to discover the boutique’s website.

‘Fab Fillies’ is a 100% Irish owned company brought to us by the fabulous Ellen Martin. Before opening the boutique, Ellen worked at the Cheltenham Races for years, witnessing many a ‘Ladies Day’ in her time. Therefore, it is safe to assume that she knows all there is to know about glamorous dressing. I’ve found that while preparing for an event like a wedding or dinner dance, purchasing the dress is the easy part. Then there’s jewellery, sashes, gloves, fascinators and handbags to think about!

‘Fab Fillies’ has you covered for every element described above. The friend who recommended the store to me spoke of how Ellen took the time to consult with her on her outfit choice, and made recommendations based on the information given. Check out some of the beautiful pieces she purchased:

I wore this gorgeous bracelet to ‘Ladies Day’ and the Dublin Horse Show and received numerous compliments on the piece.

And, what do you think of this brooch? Pretty ‘vintage glam’ isn’t it? Reminiscent of the style captured by elegant ladies like Audrey Hepburn, I love this purchase!

You will be delighted to hear that the prices of the accessories stocked by ‘Fab Fillies’ are generally very affordable, allowing you to add a little glitz to your outfit without the need to re-mortgage your home!

If you would like more information visit the ‘Fab Fillies’ website.

Let me know what you think – you know that I love your feedback!

Rouge x

Ladies Day at the Dublin Horse Show 2015 – Hair Fascinators by Michelle Foley.

I enjoy hats. And when one has filthy hair, that is a good accessory. -Julia Roberts.

Many of you will already know that I attended ‘Ladies Day’ at the Dublin Horse Show this year and thoroughly enjoyed the event. As a first time attendee, I didn’t know what to expect from the show but I was majorly impressed by the fantastic atmosphere. A day filled with fun, food and fashion? What more could a girl ask for? A few of you have asked that I share my outfit details and as ever, I aim to please.

  
One of my favourite shops at the moment is Ollie and Mac, a boutique based in Co. Meath. They have an excellent selection of elegant party-wear and from there I picked an irresistable tulle skirt in a lavender shade. I paired it with a simple cream, halterneck top from Topshop – similar can be found here.

  

However, the stand out piece of my outfit on the day was definitely the hat. Lots of you have been complimenting the design all week, and I’m delighted that you loved it as much as I did. The hat was a bespoke piece from Hair Fascinators, created by my favourite milliner of the moment, Michelle Foley. Taking the time to discuss ideas with me, Michelle focused on creating a hat which would accentuate my outfit. I highly recommend contacting Hair Fascinators if you need a hat for any occasion – I know that the A/W ‘wedding season’ is fast approaching!

  

Above are some more hats designed by Michelle, aren’t they exquisite?

Let me know what you think of the look, I would love your feedback!

Rouge x

Flormar Fabulous!

Ok, so anyone who is following me on Instagram or Twitter will know that I’ve become obsessed with Flormar, a brand who have just recently introduced themselves in Ireland. I’ve been posting little snippets of my favourites for weeks now, so today I’m going to share a full post reviewing my must-haves.

Bronzer

With contouring remaining a huge trend on the make-up scene, a good bronzer is an essential tool in any kit. Check out Flormar’s ‘Bronzing Powder Face and Body’. Those of us who don’t tan will know that finding the correct shade of bronzer is a tough task, unless you favour the oompa loompa look. However, this Flormar powder is available in a perfectly subtle shade for fair skinned folk – result! The RRP of the bronzer is €9.95 and because it is positively huge in size, the value for money is insane. I’ve been using the product by applying it to the hollows of my cheeks with an angled contouring brush.

Flormar Lip gloss
Next up, I am madly in love with the ‘Long Wearing Lip Gloss’ in the shade ‘Backstage’. When I first received this colour in a goodie bag, I was majorly apprehensive of the super bright shade. However, I quickly learned that the formula can be layered for desired colour intensity. At €5.95, I couldn’t walk past one of these glosses in a pharmacy without picking it up.
Flormar Primer
Finally, we have my favourite Flormar product. This ‘Illuminating Primer Make-Up Base’ is liquid gold. I’ve tested it for both day-time and night-time wear and love the results. The formula creates a smooth base for make-up application. It is super hydrating and evens out dry patches while retaining a mattifying effect on skin. The best part is that the primer ensures that make-up remains on the skin for an extended period of time, eliminating the need for foundation touch ups. At €9.95, this product will be replacing more high-end versions in my make-up kit.

Here’s a look at the three products discussed upon application:


Flormar products are available in selected pharmacies nationwide and online at Simplyfoxy.com. What do you think? Will you be purchasing?

Rouge x

Wet n Wild ‘Venice Beach Collection’.

It looks like bright, colourful eyeshadows are here to stay and, while I prefer muted tones, I can definitely appreciate the trend. This is girl power at it’s finest!

Due to the fact that I am loyal to my neutral shadows, I won’t be spending a small fortune on a new palette. So, when I heard that bargain brand Wet n Wild were introducing a new colourful collection named ‘Venice Beach’, I was really interested.

Reminiscent of Urban Decay’s fabulous ‘Electric’ palette, the new palettes from Wet n Wild offer strong colour pay-off at a fraction of the price. Each palette offers 8 shades for a mere €6.49. Today, I’ve got swatches from two of the palettes: ‘High Flying Colours’ and ‘Hemporary Solutions’.

First up, we’ve got ‘Hemporary Solutions’. Now, there’s no point lying about it – some of these colours are a little crazy for my personal style. As a ginger, I don’t think I will ever turn up to a party rocking yellow and red eyeshadow but, I know that many of you are much more brave than I am. I do really like the green shadows in this palette which are fabulous when blended with champagne shades.

The pigment is great (the swatches have been made without primer) and the formula is easy to blend. Fallout is a bit of an issue with the darker shades, but at €6,49, it’s not a deal breaker. I avoid fallout by placing a piece of tissue below my eye, covering my cheeks during application.

Next up, we have ‘High Flying Colours’ which is my favourite product of the ‘Venice Beach Collection’. Although the shades in this palette are still mega-bright, they’re very pretty and girly – no bravery required. I’ve been using the blues and purples to create a nice summery look. I also love the lighter shades for highlighting the inner corner of the eyes. Regarding the quality of the shadows, same issue with the fallout but again, I think it’s an irresistible price point!

Wet n Wild products are available in pharmacies nationwide as well as selected Penneys and Dunnes Stores.

What do you think of the colourful trend this summer?

Rouge x

Essence ‘The Gel’ Nail Polish Review.

As I’ve told you millions of times at this stage, I recently abandoned my much loved acrylic nails in favour of a healthy, natural look. Therefore, I have taken to painting my nails at home and this has involved trying and testing a multitude of formulas and brands. One of my favourites so far has been Essence’s ‘The Gel’ nail polish. The budget friendly brand have released 46 new shades which promise the salon ‘gel effect’, without the need for UV light.

The colour range is really impressive and the formula is highly pigmented. Two coats and you’ll be laughing! I’ve tried a few of the shades which I will detail below and have gotten 3-4 days ‘chip-free’ wear from each colour without a base or top coat. This is great considering that I work with a computer keyboard all day long! Essence have developed a base and top coat for ‘The Gel’ nail polishes so I would imagine that by applying these, you can extend wear time.

  

‘Black is Back’.

  
‘Serendipity’.

  
‘Wonderfuel’.

  
‘Prince Charming’.

What do you think of the colours? Ooh, and I haven’t even mentioned the best part yet! Each bottle retails at just €1.79. BARGAIN!

Will you be purchasing?

Rouge x